Pirates Notebook: One Game Out of First Place After 5-3 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In front of a sell out crowd of 39, 312 in Pittsburgh on Saturday night, the club inched their way closer to first place in the National League Central after beating Kansas City, 5-3. The Buccos rallied for five runs in the fourth inning while the Royals made some sloppy plays on defense. The Pirates took advantage of two free passes from the Royals Vin Mazzaro to start the fourth inning. Rod Barajas followed...

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Karstens Day-to-Day with Hip Flexor Injury

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Jeff Karstens underwent an MRI on Friday and got some different results. After exiting from his rehab outing with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Karstens was originally diagnosed with tightness in his right groin. The righty later found out it was his hip flexor that he injured. “I thought it was my groin originally, but I come to find out its my hip flexor,” Karstens said....

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Karstens Removed from Rehab Outing with Injury

Right-hander Jeff Karstens was making his final rehab start on Thursday night with Triple-A Indy when he was forced to leave early due to an injury. Karstens exited the start after feeling tightness in his right groin. Karstens threw one practice pitch, felt pain and walked off the mound. He will be treated tonight reevaluated tomorrow. Prior to being pulled, Karstens threw 63 pitches over 4.1 innings. He allowed two runs on three...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/7/12

Jeff Karstens had his rehab start pushed back until today. It is the second time in a row his start was pushed back a day and each time Rick VandenHurk made the start. Colton Cain returns after missing a month with a right groin strain. West Virginia has off today. They resume their schedule tomorrow night in Asheville, the start of a six game road trip. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis...

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Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Struggles in Second Spot Start

With Charlie Morton on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, Brad Lincoln had the opportunity on Wednesday to make a spot start for Pittsburgh. Since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, the right-hander has been used primarily in the bullpen, where he’s thrived. Lincoln made one spot start for the Pirates three weeks ago, throwing six solid innings (just two earned runs) in the 3-2 win in Miami. Lincoln has...

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