Jeff Karstens has enough time to be ready for the regular season.
Jeff Karstens threw two innings at Pirate City this afternoon, going up against the Triple-A squad. After the start, Karstens mentioned how he's 1-2 outings behind everyone else in camp. The right-hander will extend to three innings the next time out, and keep working his inning count up. However, most of the pitchers in camp are currently at 4-5 innings per outing by this point. So does Karstens have enough time to be ready for Opening Day? I asked Clint Hurdle if the Pirates felt the right-hander could be ready.
"We do as of right now," Hurdle said. "As we've mapped it out we probably couldn't have waited much longer. He was very comfortable with the outing today. Felt very good after. Threw a volume of pitches, threw all of his pitches, worked on the running game, pitched in, spun the ball. All of it worked very well. So we'll get him in play and see what it takes, but we do have enough time for him to be sharp ...
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