Jeff Karstens will start on Monday in Philadelphia.

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, velocity spiked up as the outing went on," General Manager Neal Huntington said on Karstens. "He really looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. He felt strong. He felt healthy. We would have put him back in the rotation had he not had the set back with the hip flexor. Shoulder-wise he feels as good as he’s felt in a long time. ...

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