Some bad news here:
Per team, #Pirates RHP Jeff Karstens felt pain in his right shoulder during his throwing program today and has been shut down
— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) May 25, 2013
Karstens, who was on the comeback trail in his rehab stint, won’t be pitching for a while. He’s been dealing with this discomfort all spring and will be examined next week (via Sawchik).
When Karstens re-signed with the Bucs this winter, it looked like a good deal. They had non-tendered him a couple months prior to agreeing to a new contract; if they did tender him, the club likely would have had to pay him much more. He tested the free agent market and ultimately came back to Pittsburgh for $2.5 million. This seemed like a friendly deal, especially since Karstens himself claimed that he was healthy:
Heard some rumors today…if you wanna see that I’m healthy. Fly to Florida and come to the performance compound and see for yourself!
— Jeff Karstens (@karstens27) December 15, 2012
However, that hasn’t been the case at all in 2013. He simply cannot stay healthy. Will he pitch at all this season? Who knows. More information should be available after he gets evaluated next week, but it sounds like Karstens could be sidelined for quite some time.