Found June 08, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Even if the Pirates' superb pitching begins to sputter -- and it surely didn't through the 5-4 victory Thursday night in Cincinnati -- they have no shortage of solutions. Yes, even with Jeff Karstens getting reinjured in a rehabilitation start Thursday night. Prospect Rudy Owens, a 24-year-old lefty, is banging down the door at Triple-A Indianapolis with a 4-2 record, an International League-best 2.35 ERA, 51 strikeouts and just 10 walks over 72 2/3 innings. "Rudy's been outstanding," Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor said. "He's going right at hitters, putting the ball where he wants, and he's getting people out." Owens was a two-time Minor League Player of the Year in the Pirates' system heading into 2011, but his first experience in Triple-A brought a 5.05 ERA and serious doubts about his pedigree. Some in management were displeased, too, that his arm wasn't in the best shape coming into spring training of that year. "...
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