Jeff Karstens to DL; Brad Lincoln recalled

#Pirates place RHP Jeff Karstens on 15-day DL and recall RHP Brad Lincoln from Class AAA Indianapolis.

— Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) April 18, 2012


As you know, Jeff Karstens was pulled after just one inning in yesterday’s game at Arizona due to “shoulder inflammation.” He will be evaluated by team doctors tomorrow to determine just how bad the injury is. Obviously, it must be bad enough for him to miss a few starts because he was placed on the disabled list today.

Brad Lincoln, who was scheduled to start today for Indianapolis, has been recalled and will take Karstens’ spot in the rotation. Lincoln is scheduled to start Tuesday night against Colorado.

So far in two starts for Indy, Lincoln is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings. He has struck out nine batters and hasn’t given up a walk. The Pirates’ 2006 1st round pick has pitched in 23 big league games (17 starts) and is 3-7 with a 5.74 ERA over 100 1/3 innings.