Right-hander Jeff Karstens met his 80 pitch goal mark during his third rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, but he will make one more outing before rejoining the Pirates.
Karstens threw five innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six while throwing 82 pitches, 58 strikes. After tossing two perfect innings, Karstens' pitch count got ramped up in the 3rd inning after the Indy defense committed an error. Four unearned runs scored in the frame. The two earned runs came off a two-run homer in the 5th.
The 28-year-old, who went on the disabled list on April 18 with right shoulder inflammation, will make his final rehab start with Indy on Wednesday, where he will attempt to hit to 100 pitch mark.
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