PITTSBURGH - JUNE 01: Jeff Karstens #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the game on June 1, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
One of the Pirates' top performers in 2011 will finally return from the disabled list Monday.
Hurdle said Karstens will start Monday. Lincoln to Pen.
Brad Lincoln leaves the rotation despite a very good start against the Tigers this weekend. The Pirates likely feel that he's better-suited to bullpen work in the long run. Kevin Correia, who also pitched well against Detroit this weekend, remains in the rotation. The Pirates likely will remove a reliever, perhaps the recently-recalled Bryan Morris, from the roster in time for Karstens to make his start.
Erik Bedard was scheduled to start on Monday, so it appears he, and perhaps the rest of the rotation, will get an extra day of rest. (Apologies for all the speculation here; we'll know more when a full-length report leaks out.) Joe Blanton and Vance Worley are scheduled to start the first two games of the series for the Phils.
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