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Karstens called up, Raynor DFA’ed

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MILWAUKEE — Right-hander Jeff Karstens was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis and will make a spot start Tuesday against the Brewers. To clear a roster spot, outfielder John Raynor was designated for assignment.

“It’s not a move we wanted to make (with Raynor),” GM Neal Huntington said. “We’d like to keep John in the organization.”

Raynor was a Rule 5 pickup from the Marlins. There are a couple of hurdles which must be cleared before he could return to Florida.

First, Raynor would have to clear waivers. The Pirates have 10 days to trade him, attempt to outright him to Indianapolis (waivers) or release him.

“If he gets claimed or we trade him to another club, he goes to the other club with the same Rule 5 restrictions,” Huntington explained. “If he clears outright waivers, that’s the point when we offer him back to Florida (for $25,000). We could either try to work out a trade to keep him or they take him back.”

Huntington said he will try to swing a trade with the Marlins to keep Raynor if he clears waivers.

– This will not be the last move by the Pirates. They still need a starter for Thursday, though it seems that job will go to Brian Burres.

Once the pitching situation settles down — which could take a while, until Ross Ohlendorf comes off the DL and the healthy pitchers manage to turn in a few quality starts — Huntington plans to add a position player.

“In this tough stretch, we’re going to have to go a couple spot starts,” Huntington said. “When we get back to 12 pitchers and 13 position players, we’ll try to find somebody who can help out our offense.”

The Pirates probably won’t reach that point for another couple of weeks. But when they do get there, the bat who comes to Pittsburgh could be either Jose Tabata or Pedro Alvarez.

It’s starting to look as if Alvarez, Tabata and top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln all will be in the majors by the end of June.

– The clubhouse doors were kept shut for about a half-hour after tonight’s 17-3 loss for a players’ meeting. It’s already the third such confab since the end of spring training.

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