Karstens to return to Pirates' rotation
Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens (hip/shoulder) will start against the Phillies tonight at Citizens Bank Park, while Brad Lincoln is returning to the bullpen despite his strong outing Saturday.
Karstens (0-1, 4.50 ERA), on the disabled list since mid-April, was scratched from Sunday's scheduled rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis. He threw seven innings of one-run ball in his final rehab start at Altoona, followed by encouraging bullpen work.
“I'm happy about it, and I'm just trying to keep this team doing what they are doing,” Karstens said. “It was probably the best bullpen that I threw from spring training throughout the whole year as far as what I wanted to do with the baseball.”
Everyone in the rotation will be pushed back one day — Erik Bedard (Tuesday), James McDonald (Wednesday), A.J. Burnett (Thursday) and Kevin Correia in the series opener Friday at St. Louis.
Meanwhile, Lincoln, coming off a six-inning, one-run effort in a 4-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday, remains the odd-man out. Manager Clint Hurdle said he's sticking with a five-man rotation.
• Oft-traveled Drew Sutton is back with the Pirates, and this time, he'll stay a little longer. The switch-hitting utilityman, acquired and then traded by the Pirates on consecutive days last month, rejoined the team after being claimed on waivers from Tampa Bay. Shortstop Jordy Mercer was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, reliever Bryan Morris was promoted from Indy and Charlie Morton, coming off Tommy John surgery, was moved to the 60-day DL. Sutton, who turns 29 on Saturday, hit .271 with six RBI in 18 games for the Rays.
• Neil Walker, who had started 52 games in a row and played in a team-high 69 games, was given a rare day off yesterday. Walker hadn't rested since the second game of an April 25 doubleheader. He was hitless in six career at-bats against Tigers starter Justin Verlander. Josh Harrison started at second base, and with Walker out, Pedro Alvarez moved up one spot to No. 5 in the batting order.
• General manager Neal Huntington said he remains optimistic about signing first-rounder Mark Appel, a right-hander from Stanford. “We would love to add an arm like that to our system,” Huntington said. “We understand that he may not have gone where he wanted to go. But we believe we are a great system for him to reach his potential, and we are doing everything in our power to get him in a Pirates uniform.”
— John Grupp
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates notebook: Morton hopes to return this season
- Braves’ error, Sanchez’s sacrifice fly in 9th help Pirates snap long skid
- Pirates notebook: Hurdle weighs trio at 1st base
- Nationals rally against Pirates’ bullpen