Jeff Karstens Removed From Game With Shoulder Inflammation

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens was removed after one inning in tonight’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Karstens came up to the plate in the top of the second inning, but was replaced on the mound by Jared Hughes in the bottom half of the inning. The Pirates later announced that Karstens was removed with right shoulder inflammation. He will be evaluated after the team returns to Pittsburgh, and the...

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Prospect Watch: Dickerson Has Four Hit Night

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 5.14) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 3.12) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.239) - 0-for-4, 3 K 4. Josh Bell, RF (.255) - 0-for-4, 3 K 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training 6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.250)...

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McDonald Getting Hands on Experience from Veterans

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander James McDonald from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the summer of the 2010 season (along with prospect Andrew Lambo) for then closer Octavio Dotel. In his first full season as a starting pitcher in 2011, McDonald posted a 4.21 ERA over 171 innings. The 27-year-old is looking to improve upon his 2011 season. “He knows he needs to step it up,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said....

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Weekly Prospects Chat Transcript 4/17

Below is the transcript from this week’s chat. Weekly Prospects Chat 4/17

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A.J. Burnett Crumples In Indy

  Toledo Mud Hens  9,  Indianapolis Indians  2 (Box)   Rehabbing starter AJ Burnett made his much-anticipated start for the Indianapolis Indians this evening, but it was not all that the Pirates had hoped it would be.   The Toledo Mud Hens beat the Indians at Victory Field, giving the teams a split of this 4-game series.  Toledo batters hammered at Burnett, whose control seemed shaky.  He also got into trouble of his own...

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