Jeff Locke will rejoin the Pirates’ rotation on Saturday

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Jeff Locke had a hideous 7.94 ERA in five August starts and was demoted to the minor leagues last Wednesday evening. But he is coming right back.

According to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, Locke was officially recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday afternoon and will rejoin the Pirates’ starting rotation this Saturday night against the Cardinals.

It’s a crucial start against one of the teams — the other being the Reds — that the Bucs are trying to fend off for the National League Central crown.

Locke posted a stellar 2.15 ERA across 109 innings during the first half of the season and was rewarded in July with his first All-Star nod, but the shine wore off quickly in the second half for the 25-year-old southpaw. He has a 6.18 ERA in 39 1/3 innings since July 21.