Not so long ago Pirates lefty Jeff Locke was an All-Star and a core member of a playoff-bound rotation. However Locke has struggled badly of late pitching to a 7.25 ERA and 1.37 K/BB ratio over his final 10 starts. Not long ago the Pirates decided he would not make another start in 2013.

Initially there was some thought that Locke might fill a bullpen role in the postseason. Now though the Pirates have obviously decided against such an approach.