Inge, Morton, Liriano and Karstens to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially placed third baseman Brandon Inge and pitchers Jeff Karstens, Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list. With these moves the 25 man rosters is officially set for Opening Day tomorrow. The Karstens move is retroactive to March 22nd, while Inge is retroactive to March 26th. The Pirates are hopeful that Liriano and Morton will be back around the 1st of June.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • jg941

    I presume this means they didn’t have to lose Clint Robinson, right?

    • John Dreker

      With Morton’s timetable, there is no reason he couldn’t have been put on the 60 day DL, so no they didn’t have to lose him. I would say at best, they get an extra 1-2 weeks out of Morton now without putting him on the 60 day DL. The loss of Robinson could very well mean nothing in the long run, but you won’t know now what he could do here. They have plenty of other similar options in the minors (Hague, Sands, Curry, Dickerson), but still, if they don’t expect either Morton or Liriano back anytime soon, why lose a player over a possible 1-2 weeks. Pick who is further behind with those two in their progress, and put them on the DL.

      • John Dreker

        It could be possible they just didn’t think highly of him after they saw him. Robinson was a very early Spring Training cut and he plays a very crowded position for them, with zero major league success. Even in the majors, his spot is crowded. I could see why they wouldn’t feel they have a need/place for him, but I can also see they gave him up for almost no reason. It’s double-sided. I don’t mind losing him, but give me a better reason. I’m also not big on Inge being with the team, so that part is a little hard to grasp too. He seems like he is done as a player and it doesn’t help that he is currently injured