Sore shoulder benches Karstens


PHOENIX — Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens left tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after just one inning due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Karstens will be examined when the team returns to Pittsburgh after Wednesday afternoon’s game and more information about his status is expected on Thursday.

The Pirates scored a run in the top of the first inning on Garrett Jones’ two-out, RBI single. However, the Diamondbacks got two runs in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Chris Young doubled, Miguel Montero lined an RBI single and Jason Kubel blasted a run-scoring double high off the center field wall.

In the second inning, reliever Jared Hughes already was warming up when Karstens came up to bat with two outs. Karstens struck out with an awkward, lunging swing. Hughes took over on the mound to start the bottom of the second, and gave up a run to put Arizona up 3-1.