Injury Update: Morton, Karstens and McDonald

A quick update on some of the Pirates’ pitchers recovering from injury:

Jeff Karstens is scheduled to start for Altoona on Saturday.

Jeff Karstens is scheduled to start for Altoona on Saturday.

— Charlie Morton pitched Thursday for Altoona, going four innings while allowing two hits (both home runs) and two runs (both earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Morton is on a five-day rotation with three more rehab starts scheduled and that his next start will be for Triple-A Indianapolis.

— Jeff Karstens is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Saturday for Altoona. Hurdle said the goal for this start is to see Karstens somewhere in the four innings, 65-pitch range.

— James McDonald is still in the early stages of rehabilitation. Hurdle said McDonald recently played flat-ground catch but is not yet throwing off a mound.

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  • https://profiles.google.com/100212786463678215436 Nathan Swartz

    Hanny has TJ surgery:

    Meanwhile:
    Jason Grilli replaced Hanny: 16 Saves 29:4K/BB 14.77K/9 0.74 WHIP as the new closer
    Marc Melancon – 14 holds 22:1K/BB 0.71 WHIP 1.1 WAR
    Stolmy Pimentel – 28K 1R in 30 innings in April, still doing decent in May in AA ball
    Sands and DeJesus are kind of blah…
    But the 7.5 million they saved on Hanrahan allowed them to get Francisco Liriano, who had 9Ks in his Bucco debut.
    If there was ever a win in a trade, this is one of them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.j.stein.3 Jeremy J Stein

      Yep.

      DeJesus is hitting over .300 for Indy. Although he doesn’t seem to be in the Pirates plans for SS as he’s mostly played 2B.

      That is better than Brock Holt (the other player sent to the Red Sox in that trade) who is struggling for the Trilple A Pawtucket Red Sox (190/275/200 for a .475 OPS ewww). Holt has just one extra base hit (double) in 120 plate appearences.

  • IC Bob

    I said two weeks ago the jury was still out. I think its safe to say the jury is in that deal has been a slam dunk. Good to see the Bucs put it to the Brewers. Thats a big step no matter how bad the Brewers are.

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