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Pirates place Jeff Karstens on DL with shoulder injury

Apr 18, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Jeff Karstens left last night’s start after one inning with shoulder soreness and the Pirates have placed him on the disabled list.

To replace him on the roster Pittsburgh called up Brad Lincoln, a one-time top prospect and former No. 4 overall pick who pitched 48 innings for the Pirates last season. Lincoln is 26 years old and at this point he looks like a marginal big leaguer after throwing 279 innings with a 4.19 ERA and 229/55 K/BB ratio at Triple-A.

Karstens was a pleasant surprise for the Pirates last season, posting a 3.39 ERA in 162 innings, but his secondary numbers were far less impressive and he missed time in September with, you guessed it, shoulder problems.

  1. redguy12588 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Egh, he was the Pirates most reliable pitcher.

  2. toegoat - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Well, there goes that 70 win plateau I was hoping they would reach this yr.

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