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."
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."
Karstens making progress
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/8/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, who is dealing with a mild case of biceps tendinitis, completed a 34-pitch session Friday without any setbacks, according to MLB.com. "Absolutely, that was significant for me," Karstens said. "I was able to make adjustments in the second inning, mixing in more breaking pitches. And it was great to pitch without the screen. That really got the competitive juices flowing."
Karstens looks good in drill
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/5/2013) Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Karstens (biceps) threw 30 pitches to live batters on Tuesday morning during a workout, reports MLB.com. "The second inning was better -- he settled in and just threw strikes," said pitching coach Ray Searage, who made the commute from McKechnie Field to oversee Karstens' drill. "The first inning, he was jumpy; the competitiveness came out in him, and he was trying to make perfect pitches." Karstens now won't throw for two days and will repeat the same drill on Friday. He remains optimistic about being ready for the regular season.
Karstens to throw live BP
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/4/2013) Pittsburgh starting pitcher Jeff Karstens (biceps) is going to throw live batting practice on Tuesday, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Monday. Karstens should be able to return to Grapefruit League action shortly after the BP session. Karstens remains on track to pitch during the first turn through the rotation in the regular season.
Karstens needs more time
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said starting pitcher Jeff Karstens (biceps tightness) will throw a bullpen session Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He will need one more after Friday and perhaps a few live batting practice sessions before he gets into a spring game.
Karstens making progress
(2/20/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens played light catch for the second straight day on Wednesday, according to MLB.com. The right-hander dealt with tendinitis in his right biceps area earlier in the week. "He went through all his strength and conditioning, the whole routine," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He had a good day in that sense. We'll revisit it again [Thursday]."
Karstens having more problems
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/19/2013) Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens was scratched from throwing batting practice Tuesday after he complained of soreness in his upper shoulder, according to MLB.com. I just want to play it smart. It doesnt make any sense to push it, he said. Ill still play catch (on flat ground). We just want to be smart about this, wait a couple days, he said. Its not September. I dont want another Arizona. Karstens was referring to a start April 17 last season against the Diamondbacks, which he left after one inning with tightness in his shoulder. He suffered a groin injury while rehabbing and didn't return to action until late June.
Karstens, Pirates official
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (1/17/2013) The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Thursday that they have officially re-signed starting pitcher Jeff Karstens to a one-year deal. In 90 2/3 innings last year -- cut short by shoulder and hip injuries -- Karstens had a 3.97 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, striking out 66 batters.
Karstens gets one-year deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/14/2013) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports pitcher Jeff Karstens agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates, pending a physical.