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27 Jeff Karstens SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/185 | Birthdate: 9/24/1982 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Texas Tech | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 520.00

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Jeff Karstens to work out for teams in January


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Free-agent pitcher Jeff Karstens is said to be pain-free and participating in his normal winter throwing program, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports, adding that Karstens plans to work out for interested teams in January.

Karstens underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up his rotator cuff and labrum in June and began throwing in August. He made just two minor-league appearances last season.


Marlon Byrd, Justin Morneau among Pirates' free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to A.J. Burnett, who was not extended a qualifying offer, the Pirates have had several players declare free agency, including relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, shortstop Clint Barmes, catcher John Buck, outfielder Marlon Byrd, starting pitcher Jeff Karstens and first baseman Justin Morneau.

Burnett is expected to re-sign with the Pirates if he doesn't retire. The Pirates have also expressed interest in bringing back Byrd, Morneau and Barmes.


Jeff Karstens begins throwing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens was able to play catch for the first time Friday, 10 weeks removed from shoulder surgery. He was able to throw off flat ground yet again Saturday, and is expected to begin a throwing program Monday, according to MLB.com. 

Jeff Karstens to start throwing soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens posted on Twitter over the weekend he will start throwing soon and is "feeling better than ever" six weeks after having shoulder surgery. Karstens has not pitched in 2013 after going 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 19 outings (15 starts) last season.

Jeff Karstens will have stitches removed Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, on the 60-day disabled list, told MLB.com he will have the stitches from his shoulder removed Sunday, nine days after his arthroscopic surgery to clean up the rotator cuff and labrum. The Pirates have not set a timetable for his return. 

Jeff Karstens moved to 60-day DL


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2013) The Pirates moved pitcher Jeff Karstens to the 60-day disabled list Monday, MLB.com reports. The move opens roster space for several additions to the roster. 

Karstens is back in Pittsburgh for further medical evaluation after having to stop throwing Friday due to pain in his right shoulder. He was originally on the DL due to inflammation in the shoulder. 


Jeff Karstens seeking evaluations


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens is set to return to Pittsburgh for further medical evaluation, after he had to stop throwing Friday due to pain in his right shoulder. He is expected to undergo testing and evaluation to determine if there is any further structural damage in the shoulder. Karstens is on the disabled list due to inflammation in the shoulder. 

Pirates shut down Jeff Karstens due to shoulder discomfort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens, who is recovering from shoulder inflammation, was shut down after feeling pain in his right shoulder during his throwing program Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Karstens was with the team's Triple-A affiliate over the weekend for a rehab assignment. He was expected to return in early June, but his timetable may be pushed back following Friday's setback.

Jeff Karstens might start rehab at Triple-A Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens, who is recovering from shoulder inflammation, has traveled with Triple-A Indianapolis for a weekend series in Buffalo but has not been scheduled for a rehab start. Karstens could bump Saturday's starter Gerrit Cole, since Sunday's starter is Charlie Morton, who is also making a rehab start, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Jeff Karstens' plans possibly changing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens was scheduled to make his third rehab start for Double-A Altoona Thursday, but his name was removed from the schedule Wednesday afternoon, according to MLB.com. It is not clear when or where Karstens' next rehab start will happen.

Karstens last pitched Saturday in Altoona, throwing 60 pitches as he recovers from right shoulder inflammation. 


Jeff Karstens to make rehab start Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens will continue his rehab assignment with a start for Double-A Altoona Saturday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He's scheduled to throw four innings and about 65 pitches.

Karstens, who hasn't pitched for the Pirates this season, is recovering from shoulder inflammation.


Jeff Karstens begins rehab stint


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, who is on the 15-day disabled list, began his rehab assignment with Class A Bradenton on Monday. He allowed one run on four hits over three innings of work. The right-hander also struck out four with no walks.

Karstens has been recovering from a shoulder injury.

Jeff Karstens throws two innings in extended spring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens, who has been sidelined all season with a shoulder injury, threw 29 pitches during a two-inning rehab start in extended spring training Wednesday. If Karstens emerges unscathed, then he's expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Bradenton May 13.

Jeff Karstens heading to Florida


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens, on the 15-day disabled list, threw a two-inning simulated game Friday and reported no issues after his session, MLB.com reports.

According to the report, Karstens will head to Florida to start pitching in extended spring training Wednesday. If all goes well, he is expected to report to Class A Bradenton to start a rehab assignment May 13.

Jeff Karstens approaching rehab assignment


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2013) Pirates starter Jeff Karstens will throw a simulated game Friday and is nearing a rehab assignment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Karstens will likely head to either Double-A or Triple-A if the simulated game goes without issue. He's most likely about a month away from returning to the majors.


Jeff Karstens not quite ready for rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2013) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday pitcher Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is not ready to go on a rehab assignment with Class A Bradenton. He is expected to remain with the team through Wednesday's series finale at Milwaukee.

Jeff Karstens inching toward return


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, threw a simulated game Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The right-hander reported no issues after his session and could be nearing a rehab assignment with a Class A Bradenton.

Karstens is still being viewed as a starter, according to the report.

Jeff Karstens throws 30-pitch bullpen session


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday and was pleased with the results.

"It was as good as I'd hoped it would be," Karstens told MLB.com. "I'm where I need to be. No sense feeling frustrated about not yet being able to contribute. All I can do is move forward from where I'm at."

Karstens is on the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder inflammation.


Jeff Karstens feels better after throwing


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, on the 15-day disabled list, threw 25 pitches from 90 feet and 25 pitches from 100 feet on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The right-hander has been sidelined due to shoulder inflammation.

"I didn't feel a single thing," Karstens said. "From what I felt today, this is better than it's been all spring."

No timetable for Jeff Karstens


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2013) Pirates starter Jeff Karstens doesn't have a timetable for his return from an injured shoulder, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Karstens played catch Saturday as part of his rehabilitation. The Pirates signed Karstens to a one-year, $2.5 million deal in the offseason and will likely insert him into the starting rotation as soon as he's healthy.


Jeff Karstens to play catch on flat ground Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens will play catch on flat ground Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Karstens is on the disabled list after dealing with shoulder discomfort this spring.

Shoulder forces Jeff Karstens on DL


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after dealing with right shoulder discomfort for most of spring training. Karstens, who appeared in just 19 games last season, was unable to pitch in an exhibition game this spring because of the issue. There is no timetable for his return.

Opener in jeopardy for Jeff Karstens


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens (shoulder) was scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League outing Sunday and could open the season on the disabled list, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Karstens has been slowed by lingering shoulder discomfort since the first week of camp and has yet to play in an exhibition game. He has made two appearances in a minor-league game, including a recent outing on Monday.

Karstens' continued absence leaves an opportunity for Jeff Locke, Jonathan Sanchez, Kyle McPherson or Jeanmar Gomez to secure a spot in the rotation.


Jeff Karstens close to pitching in game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2013) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens (biceps tendinitis) will throw a side session Saturday and then pitch two innings Monday in either a minor-league or Grapefruit League game. Karstens has yet to pitch in a spring game.

Karstens pitches in minors game


(3/13/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, recovering from biceps tendinitis, saw his first action of the spring in a minor-league game on Wednesday. He threw 26 pitches over two scoreless inning against Phillies Triple-A players. "I was happy to walk off the field in one piece," Karstens told MLB.com "It was nice to get the competitive juices flowing again."