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)