Injury Update: Karstens Has Surgery

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Michael Sanserino tweeted earlier this afternoon that Jeff Karstens had surgery yesterday in Los Angeles. Jeff Karstens had rotator cuff and labrum surgery yesterday in Los Angeles. He can’t pitch for 10-12 weeks. #Pirates — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) June 8, 2013 That means Karstens can not begin rehabilitation until late August or early September and could possibly miss the rest of the...

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Pirates Roster Moves: Tabata, Morris Out; Harrison, Zagurski In; Karstens to 60-Day

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves this morning. Here is the recap: Leaving the Roster **Jose Tabata was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive May 25th, with a left oblique strain. **Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A. **Jeff Karstens was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Joining the Roster **Josh Harrison was promoted from Triple-A. **The Pirates purchased the contract of Mike Zagurski. Zagurski is a...

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First Pitch: Runs Tough to Come By in Burnett Starts

A.J. Burnett has pitched like a staff ace so far in 2013 but does not have the record to show for it. Granted, wins and losses are not good statistics to judge a pitcher’s performance but what is troubling has less to do with Burnett and more to do with the Pirates offense. Burnett has been great at the top of the Pittsburgh rotation and the Pirate offense has shown the ability to score runs, yet somehow the two have not found a...

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Karstens Feels Pain While Rehabbing Shoulder

Jeff Karstens is coming back to Pittsburgh for an evaluation after feeling pain in his right shoulder while throwing Friday, according to a report by Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Karstens had been rehabbing the injured shoulder with Triple-A Indianapolis when the setback occurred. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Pirates Prospects he would have a decision to make about what role Karstens would have when...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Need to Make Any Trades This Year?

Earlier this week Jon Morosi of Fox Sports wrote that the Pirates needed to add some depth at the trade deadline, especially for their over-worked bullpen. It’s probably too early to talk about deadline strategies, since the deadline is over two months away, and most trades don’t start happening until late June. But considering the article, I thought I’d look at the state of the Pirates. One issue I’ve always...

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