Rotowire: Sep 28 / 10:17a ET
News: Locke will start Monday for the Pirates if a tiebreaker game is necessary, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
Impact: Locke last took the hill for the Pirates on Wednesday, which would put him on a normal schedule if he is needed for a Monday start. The Pirates enter Sunday's action one game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central race, and if the teams are tied after the day is over, they'll play a game to decide the division Monday. Although Locke surrendered six runs in his last start, manager Clint Hurdle is confident in his lefty in the high-pressure situation. Edinson Volquez would be the Wednesday starter for the Pirates if they end up playing in the Wild Card game.
Rotowire: Sep 25 / 8:11a ET
News: Locke was tagged for six runs on eight hits over four innings in a losing effort Wednesday against Atlanta.
Impact: The outing pushed Locke's season ERA to 3.91, while also nudging the Pirates further away from overtaking the Cardinals atop the NL Central. The timing of Locke's next start will hinge entirely on the events through the end of the regular season Sunday, as the Bucs will seek the optimal configuration for their rotation to begin the postseason.