Pittsburgh Pirates place Jeff Karstens on the DL and call up Brad Lincoln

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Jeff Karstens on the 15-day disabled list.

The right-hander left Tuesday night’s game after the first inning, suffering from inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He allowed two runs in the first inning to the Diamondbacks.

Karsten’s issue with his shoulder did not come as much of a surprise to the ball club.

“But there were no visible signs. Tonight, there were visible signs,” manager Clint Hurdle said after Tuesday’s game. “The ball was not coming out of his hand like we were hoping, but he still had his game face on. When he came in after the inning, we knew.”

Last season, Karsten was 9-9 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 games.

The Pirates will be calling up Brad Lincoln from Triple-A to replace Karsten in the rotation.

Lincoln started 11 games for the Pirates last season. He went 2-3 with a 4.72 ERA. In Triple A, he has a 2.25 ERA in two starts.

The Pirates are hopeful that A.J. Burnett could soon be coming back, after he fractured the orbital bone in his right eye early in March.

Burnett is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, and will then start Saturday’s game against Double-A Altoona. This would be his 4th rehab start.

“One more (rehab) start and then we’ll go from there, barring any setbacks,” manager Clint Hurdle said.

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