Pirates Notebook: Not a Good Return For Karstens

Jeff Karstens was activated off the disabled list on Monday and made his first start of the season since April 17 against Arizona. However, the right-hander struggled, and the sloppy defense behind him didn’t help the cause. Three of the four runs scored in the first frame were charged to Karstens in his fourth start of the season. The rough first frame started after Jimmy Rollins doubled down the first base line to lead off the...

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation Still Has Questions; Moves on Horizon

PITTSBURGH, PA — After the Pirates lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at PNC Park, Manager Clint Hurdle said that Jeff Karstens would get the ball on Monday in Philadelphia. Karstens was originally scheduled to make his final rehab start today in Triple-A, but was pulled from the start. Prior to the game Hurdle said they felt he was ready to rejoin the club’s starting rotation. “Command, stuff got better,...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Luck is Running Out

A day after right-hander Brad Lincoln struggled in his third spot start of the season, the Pirates saw another rough outing from a starter in Kevin Correia. While the starting staff has been very solid this season, Correia, the club’s fifth starter, has posted an ERA over 5.00 since the end of April. And what’s most concerning is that he’s been extremely lucky while on the mound. Take a look at his BABIP (batting...

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Pirates Notebook: Morton Not in the Same Place as Last Year

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander Charlie Morton has been struggling with leaving the ball up during the month of May. After posting a 2.65 ERA over his first three starts in April, Morton has a posted a 5.70 ERA after his eighth start of the season on Tuesday at PNC Park against Cincinnati. “There were some sequences that weren’t sharp,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s still I think repeating his...

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Jared Hughes Thriving in Reliever Role

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Jared Hughes started the 2011 season in the Altoona rotation, making 11 starts before being turned into a reliever. He has since thrived in the reliever role. Hughes went on to make 35 relief appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis where he posted a 2.11 ERA, before getting a September callup with Pittsburgh. He made his Major League debut on September 7, where he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hughes...

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