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Pirates Promote Chris Leroux, Jeff Locke, 3 Others

The Pittsburgh Pirates will take advantage of expanded rosters on Saturday, as the team will call up Chris Leroux, Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson, Eric Fryer, and Brock Holt, according to Pirates Prospects.

Leroux, Locke and Wilson will provide depth to the bullpen, which certainly could use fresh arms after Jeff Karstens failed to get out of the first inning in Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Karstens recorded just one out while giving up four runs on five hits -- including a home run.

Locke, who will turn 25 in November, has pitched very well in AAA this season. Locke is the owner of a 2.48 ERA and has held opponents in AAA to a .241 average against, while striking out 131 in 141 and 2/3 innings of work on the year.

Wilson was recently up in Pittsburgh on Aug. 20, striking out the side in his lone appearance at the big league level.

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