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Lincoln arrives, Karstens on DL



PHOENIX — Brad Lincoln already is in the Pirates’ clubhouse and will be available to pitch out of the bullpen, if necessary, this afternoon against the D’backs. Lincoln was recalled from Triple-A Indy when RHP Jeff Karstens (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list.

Karstens took himself out of the game last night after working one inning and allowing two runs on three hits. Late last season, Karstens missed two starts due to soreness in the same shoulder. Karstens dodged reporters all morning, then, when I caught up with him on the field during batting practice told me, “I’m not ready to talk (about the injury) until I know more about it.” I’m no doctor, but that sounds like an ominous sign.

Lincoln will start Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park. In two starts for Indy, Lincoln was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. He’d allowed 10 hits, walked none and gotten nine strikeouts in 12 innings. “Both really quality starts,” Lincoln said. “Today was my scheduled day to pitch, so I’m as fresh as can be. I’ll help out the bullpen today.” Lincoln found out he was Phoenix-bound about 12:30 this morning, and caught the first flight out of Indy.

»»» RHP A.J. Burnett threw a bullpen session this morning as pitching coach Ray Searage looked on. “There are some things I can get done here (with Searage) that I can’t get done anywhere else,” Burnett said. Burnett will make his final rehab start Saturday with Double-A Altoona, then will jump into the Pirates’ rotation. “I’m good right now,” Burnett said. “But I’m not one to cause ripples. I can always use an extra start.”

»»» Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) almost certainly will not be available today, although manager Clint Hurdle refused before the game to comment on Hanny’s status.

»»» Double-A Altoona put OF Andrew Lambo on the seven-day DL due to an unspecified right wrist injury.

Game 12: Pirates @ Arizona, 3:40 p.m. ET

Pirates (4-7): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Clint Barmes ss, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Casey McGehee 1b, 6. Garrett Jones rf, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. James McDonald rhp (0-1, 3.86)

Diamondbacks (7-4): 1. Willie Bloomquist ss, 2. Aaron Hill 2b, 3. Jason Kubel rf, 4. Miguel Montero c, 5. Ryan Roberts 3b, 6. Lyle Overbay 1b, 7. A.J. Pollock cf, 8. Gerardo Parra lf, 9. Daniel Hudson rhp (1-0, 8.71)



  1. Paul says:

    Dear Neal, call Dayton Moore and Billy Beane and see what they want for Clint Robinson and Kila Ka’aihue and give it to which ever one wants less. Get a lefty first baseman with power and walks to hit behind McCutchen soon or it won’t make the slighter bit of difference what happens with the pitchers.

    It’s not to late to address your failure in the off season to fix the gaping holes in the lineup, but it will be soon.

  2. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Glad I read that above post………..I needed that laugh this AM.

  3. Chuck H. says:

    Glad to see Brad Lincoln back, From what I’ve seen of him so far, he will add to the pitching depth in later innings. He also is a good hitter, at least, that is what I hear.
    Meanwhile, Pedro has two hits, both homers. Do you all think he might be swinging for the fences??

  4. Chuck H. says:

    Back in the old groove, Pirates. Pitching was great. Where was the fielding and HITTING? If you thought the home-run from the first batter (Presley) was a good omen, you were wrong. All the pitching in the world is not enough. We need hitters!!!

  5. Paul says:

    “Do you all think he might be swinging for the fences??”

    Isn’t that what he’s being told to do by his hitting coach and manager? Numerous times this spring Hurdle was quoted encouraging him to swing more frequently at first pitches and be a “more aggressive” at the plate than he had been in the past.

    I contend and believe time will bear me out that Pedro’s issues are less about him and more about Pirate coaches trying to change his approach and demand he hit home runs. There’s a long tortured history of this in the Pirate organization and prospects from Aramis Ramirez to Jose Bautista have had to leave the Pirates before finding success with an organization that values plate discipline and patience rather than the swing at everything, swing for the fences approach Hurdle and Ritchie and Russell, McClendon and Hebner before them seem to embrace.

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