Injury Updates: Jeff Karstens and Chris Leroux nearing returns

Rob Biertempfel, Bill Brink, and Kristy Robinson all had updates from Clint Hurdle on the injury status of both Jeff Karstens and Chris Leroux.

Jeff Karstens is still about two weeks away as he continues his rehab from his shoulder injury from April. He suffered a bit of a set back on June 7th when he was pulled from what was pegged as his final rehab start with a hip flexor injury. In his four rehab starts so far, Karstens has a 3.78 ERA over 16 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts and three walks.

Chris Leroux is due to be ready a bit sooner than Karstens as Hurdle says he could return before the end of the month. The roster decision about Leroux will be a combination of Leroux’s performance in his rehab outings, who has remaining options (which Leroux has none), and who is healthy. In six innings so far during Leroux’s rehab, he has a 3.00 ERA with five strikeouts and two walks.