Wow. Karstens to start Monday, Lincoln to bullpen–Hurdle. Color me surprised. #Pirates
— David Todd (@DTonPirates) June 24, 2012
Lincoln is coming off an excellent start where he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning against Detroit, but overall, he has not been great as a starting pitcher this year. Over five starts, he has a 6.08 ERA and a 7.6 K/9 ratio. In the bullpen, he has a 0.45 ERA with a 10.4 K/9 ratio.
Karstens has made five starts on his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in his third start of the season back in April. In his last start, he gave up just one run over seven innings for Double-A Altoona.