Back tightness forces Pirates' Locke to miss Sunday start, All Star play
Pittsburgh Pirates representatives in the 2013 All Star game, from left, relief pitcher Mark Melancon (35) and center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) and starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49) and relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39) and third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) are introduced on the field before playing the New York Mets at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Gerrit Cole started Sunday against the New York Mets. He is pitching after his usual rest because the Pirates were idle Thursday.
“I don’t think it’s anything different than normal tiredness at this point in the year,” he said.
“He feels just a little bit off,” Hurdle said.
He pitched a scheduled bullpen session Friday, which he said was encouraging as his back tightness mostly had subsided. But he said he does not believe he would be able to get full extension or have full range of motion over a 100-pitch outing. The team will have four off days during the break, and Locke is not scheduled to pitch again until next Sunday.
Locke still will attend the All-Star Game.
“The only thing I’m disappointed about is not being able to (pitch Sunday),” he said. “It’s not one of those things where I can’t go, but I can go in the All-Star Game. I think that’d be disrespectful to the team.”