Brad Lincoln to start Monday vs Marlins

Kristy Robinson reported that Brad Lincoln will start in place of Erik Bedard (back spasms) on Monday in Miami. Bedard will have his start pushed back to Wednesday in Washington.

Lincoln certainly deserves the shot over anyone else as he has been spectacular so far this season in a long relief role. In 14 1/3 innings, he has given up just one earned run, good for a 0.63 ERA. He also has struck out 16 batters.

One thing that does mean, though, is the Pirates will be pretty short-handed in the bullpen for the immediate future as Lincoln will be unable to be used this weekend or for the better part of next week.

The good news out of all of this is that Bedard’s injury is not severe enough to force him to miss any significant amount of time or warrant a stint on the disabled list. In 35 innings this year, Bedard has a 2.57 ERA and 37 strikeouts.