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Jeff Karstens scratched Sunday due to shoulder discomfort

Mar 24, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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Some bad news this morning out of Pirates camp.

According to beat writer Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, right-handed starter Jeff Karstens has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League outing Sunday against the Orioles because of “continuing shoulder discomfort.”

Karstens reported feeling soreness in his right shoulder on February 19 — after one of his first throwing sessions of the spring. It was manageable for a while but is now causing him great discomfort. He will open the 2013 regular season on the 15-day disabled list, without a mapped-out return timetable.

Karstens posted a 3.97 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 90 2/3 innings last season while fighting hip and shoulder injuries. Jeff Locke, Jonathan Sanchez, Kyle McPherson and Jeanmar Gomez are fighting for his spot.

  1. modellforprez - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    ah drew thats not bad news out of bucco the schmucco camp thats what us Pi RAT fans call normalcy. see Jeffrey has been with us parts of 4 or 5 seasons and Jeffrey is always always hurt. did the Yankees know something we didnt. is he a man.

  2. seawurd - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    modellforprez…..shut your mouth unless someone is dropping a load in there. Gargle gargle swallow.

  3. Stiller43 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Glad to see he hasnt changed one bit..as injury prone as always

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