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 perhaps he came back from his injury too soon.

But over his last two, Karstens has been very solid for the Pirates.

"For the young kids out there watching a young guy pitch, that’s what it was," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Just location, command, changing speeds, staying out of the middle of the plate and keeping the hitters just off-balance enough where they ...

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