Found April 18, 2012 on North Side Notch:
#Pirates place RHP Jeff Karstens on 15-day DL and recall RHP Brad Lincoln from Class AAA Indianapolis. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) April 18, 2012   As you know, Jeff Karstens was pulled after just one inning in yesterday’s game at Arizona due to “shoulder inflammation.” He will be evaluated by team doctors tomorrow to determine just how bad the injury is. Obviously, it must be bad enough for him to miss a few starts because he was placed on the disabled list today. Brad Lincoln, who was scheduled to start today for Indianapolis, has been recalled and will take Karstens’ spot in the rotation. Lincoln is scheduled to start Tuesday night against Colorado. So far in two starts for Indy, Lincoln is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings. He has struck out nine batters and hasn’t given up a walk. The Pirates’ 2006 1st round pick has pitched in 23 big league games (17 starts) and is 3-7 with a 5.74 ERA over 100 1/3 innings.

Joel Hanrahan likely out until Friday

#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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Jeff Karstens pulled after first inning with shoulder inflammation

Jeff Karstens was removed from tonight’s start after giving up two runs in the first inning. He batted in the top half of the 2nd but did not go back out to pitch. The Pirates’ Twitter page states that Karstens was pulled from the game due to “inflammation in his right shoulder” and will be evaluated when the team returns to Pittsburgh. More information will be made available...

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Well I guess the question of what spot A.J. Burnett will take has probably been answered with Jeff Karstens being pulled due to shoulder inflammation. Some of these guys finally looked like Major League hitters, and if not for Jason Grilli giving up the lead would have beaten a very, very good pitcher in Ian [...]

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