Found April 18, 2012 on
Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates were able to come away with a win in a very strange ballgame late Tuesday night in Arizona. They had to do so without two key pitchers, but got the job done.
Jeff Karstens got two outs to start his night, then allowed three hits (two of them doubles) for two runs. That marked the third straight start in which Karstens allowed runs in the first inning. Still, it seemed like he just made some bad pitches and was fine. He batted in the next inning and struck out. Immediately after that, Jared Hughes came on to replace him in the bottom of the second.
We later learned that Karstens had shoulder inflammation, and he’ll have it examined when the team gets home after the game tomorrow. That doesn’t sound good, but we’ll just have to wait and see and hope for the best for Jeff. If he has to miss time, we may end up seeing A.J. Burnett earlier than we thought.
Karstens actually started out with a lead thanks to three two-out hits by Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Garrett Jone...
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#Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (tight hammy) likely not back in action until Friday.
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 18, 2012
I guess it could be worse.
The Pirates’ bullpen will already be depleted due to having to pitch eight innings on Tuesday night and will now be without their best pitcher in the series finale against Arizona.
Hanrahan “tweaked” his hamstring...
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