Karstens has shoulder surgery
CHICAGO — Right-hander Jeff Karstens had shoulder surgery Friday and likely will not rejoin the Pirates until September.
Karstens has been out all season because of shoulder inflammation. Last week, he got a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. According to the Pirates, ElAttrache debrided — that is, removed foreign objects and/or dead tissue — Karstens' rotator cuff and labrum.
Karstens is expected to begin a return-to-pitch program in 10 to 12 weeks, general manager Neal Huntington said.
The Pirates nontendered Karstens in November, which made him a free agent. When lefty Francisco Liriano broke his right arm on Christmas Day, putting his deal with the Pirates in limbo, the club re-signed Karstens for $2.5 million.
Liriano eventually recovered and has made six strong starts. Karstens has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training.
• Reliever Jared Hughes flew back to Pittsburgh on Friday to be examined by team doctors and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Hughes had an MRI Saturday, but the results were not released by the team. Hughes will be re-evaluated “early (this) week,” Huntington said via email.
• Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (strained right forearm) threw about 20 fastballs off a mound Friday and reported no ill effects. “I took it nice and easy, and it went pretty good,” Gomez said. He'll throw another side session Monday and, if all goes well, will begin a rehab assignment (four innings/60 pitches) Thursday.
• Reliever Jose Contreras (low back inflammation) will begin a rehab stint Monday, when he's scheduled to throw one inning for Triple-A Indianapolis.
• Outfielder Jose Tabata (strained left oblique) remains “in a holding pattern,” Hurdle said. In other words, he's still in shutdown mode.
• Infielder John McDonald (low back strain) continues to rehab at Indy. He's been starting every other game.
The Pirates took 30 players — 25 college players and five high schoolers — Saturday on the final day of the first-year player draft.
Twelve of the picks were right-handed pitchers, including Billy Roth, who went in the 16th round with the 479th pick. Roth graduated from Vista (Calif.) High and is committed to the University of Arizona, which might make him tough to sign. He was drafted as a pitcher — his fastball touches 92 mph — but also could project as a right fielder.
The Pirates chose eight infielders, including Texas third baseman Erich Weiss in the 11th round. Weiss is the son of Gary Weiss, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1980-81. He has decent power, but his defense rates average at best, which means he could project as a utility player.
Presley, Lambo on move
Outfielder Alex Presley was recalled from Indianapolis when Hughes went on the DL. Presley's spot at Indy was filled by outfielder Andrew Lambo, who was promoted from Double-A Altoona.
Pitching by the numbers
In his six starts, Liriano has amassed 47 strikeouts. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Pirates pitcher since 1900 to amass that many strikeouts is his first six games was Jose DeLeon (49 Ks in 1983).
On Friday, the Pirates notched their league-leading 10th shutout in their 61st game of the season. Elias reports that's the quickest any major league team has gotten to double digits since 1989, when the Angels did it in 46 games. The 1908 Pirates got their 10th shutout in their 57th game.
Puig coming to Pittsburgh
The Los Angeles Dodgers will visit PNC Park next weekend with high-flying rookie Yasiel Puig.
Over his first five games, Puig became a Tinseltown legend by hitting a solo homer, a two-run homer, a three-run shot and a grand slam.
“What he's doing is electrifying,” Hurdle said. “Paul Maholm informed me he's not ready to make the Hall of Fame yet, but if you make a mistake he can hit it out of the ballpark.”
When Maholm started Friday for the Atlanta Braves, Puig went 1 for 3. Puig's lone hit was a solo homer off Maholm.
“He's done some pretty remarkable things,” Hurdle said. “But it's still quite early in his major league career.”
Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.
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 inquire about Red Sox LHP Lester
- Pirates think Mercer’s defense deserves more credit
- Liriano, Pirates beat Giants, inch closer to lead in NL Central
- Pirates expect high prices in trade market
- Xxxday’s scouting report: Pirates at Giants