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June 1, 2015 02:27 PM
Former Pirates, Yankees pitcher Jeff Karstens officially retires
by Ted Leshinski | CBSSports.com

Former Pirates and Yankees pitcher Jeff Karstens, 32, announced on Twitter Sunday that he has officially retired from baseball

Karstens has not pitched in the major leagues since 2012, sidelined with a number of shoulder injuries that culminated with surgery to repair the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder in 2013. 

Karstens pitched in the major leagues from 2006-2012, posting a career record of 26-40 with a 4.44 ERA.

June 2, 2015 04:00 PM
Jeff Karstens to work out for teams in January
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Free-agent pitcher Jeff Karstens is said to be pain-free and participating in his normal winter throwing program, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports, adding that Karstens plans to work out for interested teams in January.

Karstens underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up his rotator cuff and labrum in June and began throwing in August. He made just two minor-league appearances last season.

June 2, 2015 05:05 PM
Marlon Byrd, Justin Morneau among Pirates' free agents
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

In addition to A.J. Burnett, who was not extended a qualifying offer, the Pirates have had several players declare free agency, including relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, shortstop Clint Barmes, catcher John Buck, outfielder Marlon Byrd, starting pitcher Jeff Karstens and first baseman Justin Morneau.

Burnett is expected to re-sign with the Pirates if he doesn't retire. The Pirates have also expressed interest in bringing back Byrd, Morneau and Barmes.

June 2, 2015 07:29 PM
Jeff Karstens begins throwing
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens was able to play catch for the first time Friday, 10 weeks removed from shoulder surgery. He was able to throw off flat ground yet again Saturday, and is expected to begin a throwing program Monday, according to MLB.com. 

June 2, 2015 07:59 PM
Jeff Karstens to start throwing soon
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens posted on Twitter over the weekend he will start throwing soon and is "feeling better than ever" six weeks after having shoulder surgery. Karstens has not pitched in 2013 after going 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 19 outings (15 starts) last season.

June 2, 2015 10:04 AM
Jeff Karstens will have stitches removed Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, on the 60-day disabled list, told MLB.com he will have the stitches from his shoulder removed Sunday, nine days after his arthroscopic surgery to clean up the rotator cuff and labrum. The Pirates have not set a timetable for his return. 

June 2, 2015 10:37 AM
Jeff Karstens moved to 60-day DL
by Jeff Lippman |

The Pirates moved pitcher Jeff Karstens to the 60-day disabled list Monday, MLB.com reports. The move opens roster space for several additions to the roster. 

Karstens is back in Pittsburgh for further medical evaluation after having to stop throwing Friday due to pain in his right shoulder. He was originally on the DL due to inflammation in the shoulder. 

June 2, 2015 10:39 AM
Jeff Karstens seeking evaluations
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens is set to return to Pittsburgh for further medical evaluation, after he had to stop throwing Friday due to pain in his right shoulder. He is expected to undergo testing and evaluation to determine if there is any further structural damage in the shoulder. Karstens is on the disabled list due to inflammation in the shoulder. 

June 2, 2015 10:39 AM
Pirates shut down Jeff Karstens due to shoulder discomfort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens, who is recovering from shoulder inflammation, was shut down after feeling pain in his right shoulder during his throwing program Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Karstens was with the team's Triple-A affiliate over the weekend for a rehab assignment. He was expected to return in early June, but his timetable may be pushed back following Friday's setback.

June 2, 2015 10:39 AM
Jeff Karstens might start rehab at Triple-A Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens, who is recovering from shoulder inflammation, has traveled with Triple-A Indianapolis for a weekend series in Buffalo but has not been scheduled for a rehab start. Karstens could bump Saturday's starter Gerrit Cole, since Sunday's starter is Charlie Morton, who is also making a rehab start, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

June 2, 2015 10:41 AM
Jeff Karstens' plans possibly changing
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens was scheduled to make his third rehab start for Double-A Altoona Thursday, but his name was removed from the schedule Wednesday afternoon, according to MLB.com. It is not clear when or where Karstens' next rehab start will happen.

Karstens last pitched Saturday in Altoona, throwing 60 pitches as he recovers from right shoulder inflammation. 

June 2, 2015 10:48 AM
Jeff Karstens to make rehab start Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens will continue his rehab assignment with a start for Double-A Altoona Saturday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He's scheduled to throw four innings and about 65 pitches.

Karstens, who hasn't pitched for the Pirates this season, is recovering from shoulder inflammation.

June 2, 2015 10:51 AM
Jeff Karstens begins rehab stint
by Ed Gauna |

Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, who is on the 15-day disabled list, began his rehab assignment with Class A Bradenton on Monday. He allowed one run on four hits over three innings of work. The right-hander also struck out four with no walks.

Karstens has been recovering from a shoulder injury.

June 2, 2015 10:57 AM
Jeff Karstens throws two innings in extended spring game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens, who has been sidelined all season with a shoulder injury, threw 29 pitches during a two-inning rehab start in extended spring training Wednesday. If Karstens emerges unscathed, then he's expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Bradenton May 13.

June 2, 2015 10:57 AM
Jeff Karstens heading to Florida
by Adam Moore |

Pirates starting pitcher <span data-shortcode="annotation" data-id="580587" data-text="Jeff Karstens" data-canon="Jeff Karstens" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_PLAYER" id="shortcode0">, on the 15-day disabled list, threw a two-inning simulated game Friday and reported no issues after his session, MLB.com reports.

According to the report, Karstens will head to Florida to start pitching in extended spring training Wednesday. If all goes well, he is expected to report to Class A Bradenton to start a rehab assignment May 13.

June 2, 2015 11:04 AM
Jeff Karstens approaching rehab assignment
by Jack Moore |

Pirates starter Jeff Karstens will throw a simulated game Friday and is nearing a rehab assignment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Karstens will likely head to either Double-A or Triple-A if the simulated game goes without issue. He's most likely about a month away from returning to the majors.

June 2, 2015 11:08 AM
Jeff Karstens not quite ready for rehab assignment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday pitcher Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is not ready to go on a rehab assignment with Class A Bradenton. He is expected to remain with the team through Wednesday's series finale at Milwaukee.

June 2, 2015 11:10 AM
Jeff Karstens inching toward return
by Adam Moore |

Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, threw a simulated game Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The right-hander reported no issues after his session and could be nearing a rehab assignment with a Class A Bradenton.

Karstens is still being viewed as a starter, according to the report.

June 2, 2015 11:19 AM
Jeff Karstens throws 30-pitch bullpen session
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday and was pleased with the results.

"It was as good as I'd hoped it would be," Karstens told MLB.com. "I'm where I need to be. No sense feeling frustrated about not yet being able to contribute. All I can do is move forward from where I'm at."

Karstens is on the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder inflammation.

June 2, 2015 11:27 AM
Jeff Karstens feels better after throwing
by Ed Gauna |

Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, on the 15-day disabled list, threw 25 pitches from 90 feet and 25 pitches from 100 feet on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The right-hander has been sidelined due to shoulder inflammation.

"I didn't feel a single thing," Karstens said. "From what I felt today, this is better than it's been all spring."