The Marlins have shut down left-hander Jeff Locke as a result of bicep tendinitis, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Jeff Locke shut down a few days with biceps tendinitis, #Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. Expected to resume throwing in a few days.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) February 20, 2017
Because Locke will likely continue throwing bullpen sessions and such in the coming days, it’s would almost certainly be premature to be concerned. However, it is something to watch ahead of 2017, as Locke seems to have a roster spot secured.
Edinson Volquez, Tom Koehler, Adam Conley and Wei-Yin Chen are expected to open the season in the rotation, and Dan Straily could earn a spot with an effective spring. However, a strong spring performance could keep Locke in the mix.
If Locke doesn’t emerge as a starting option for the Marlins, he will likely serve in a relief role. The Marlins built a “super bullpen,” though one of its limitations is a lack of left-handed depth.
Locke, 29, posted a 5.44 ERA and 4.84 FIP over 127.1 innings with the Pirates last season.