Jeff Karstens to start Monday; Brad Lincoln back to bullpen

Wow. Karstens to start Monday, Lincoln to bullpen–Hurdle. Color me surprised. #Pirates

— David Todd (@DTonPirates) June 24, 2012


It looks like Brad Lincoln will be heading back to the bullpen and Kevin Correia will remain in the rotation as Jeff Karstens returns from his injury.

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.