Pirates Could Trade Karstens or Correia

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has a report that the Pittsburgh Pirates could trade one of Kevin Correia or Jeff Karstens, following the recent acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez. Dealing one of those two would clear a space for Rodriguez in the rotation, although the Pirates can clear a spot by just moving Correia to the bullpen. We’ve heard that they’ve been shopping Correia earlier this season. Correia would make the most sense...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Getting Back to Last Season’s Form

Jeff Karstens has been working hard to get back to his 2011 form. After missing two months of the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, Karstens has shown over his last four starts that he’s getting there. Karstens tossed seven scoreless frames in the Pirates 3-0 shutout over the Florida Marlins. The 29-year-old has pitched at least seven frames in each of his last four starts, while allowing six earned runs...

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Pirates Shuffle Rotation for Second Half

The Pittsburgh Pirates rotation will have a new look heading into the second half of the 2012 season. Manager Clint Hurdle said on Sunday that the rotation will kick off on July 13 in Milwaukee with James McDonald. Following McDonald will be Kevin Correia then A.J. Burnett. Jeff Karstens and Erik Bedard will be No. 4 and 5 in the series in Colorado. “We’ve looked at this a couple different ways,” Hurdle said. “We...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Looking Like the 2011 Version

PITTSBURGH, PA — Jeff Karstens has been very sharp over his last two outings with Pittsburgh, showing a glimpse of what we saw from the right-hander during the 2011 season. After missing two months of this season due to right-shoulder inflammation, and a set back during a rehab outing with a hip flexor injury, Karstens first trip back the mound was shaky. Karstens allowed six earned on 11 hits over five frames, wondering if...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Continues Hot Hitting in Day Games; Lincoln, McCutchen Updates

After Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs on Friday, the third baseman ripped a bases clearing double to right field off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright to tie the game up at 5. Alvarez has been red hot over his last two weeks, going  17-for-47 (.362) with four doubles, six home runs and 15 RBI in his last 13 games. And on day games, Alvarez is even hotter. Alvarez has hit 11 of his 14 home runs in...

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