Jeff Karstens SP PIT 7 Months

Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is planning to work out for interested major league teams in January.

Karstens is on his way back from shoulder surgery but should head into spring training with a clean bill of health. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 4.44 career ERA and 1.33 career WHIP in 592 1/3 MLB frames.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT 11 Months

Jeff Karstens (shoulder) was re-evaluated in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

He returns to Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. on Sunday to continue a throwing program. Karstens underwent rotator cuff and labrum surgery on Friday. He should be ready to go again in spring training.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT Jun 08 '13

Jeff Karstens (shoulder) underwent surgery on Friday.

The Pirates have yet to provide any additional details. Karstens was placed on the 60-day DL last month and remains out indefinitely.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT May 27 '13

Pirates transferred RHP Jeff Karstens from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Karstens had been aiming to join the Pirates' starting rotation in early June but began experiencing more shoulder problems last week. The righty is out indefinitely.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT May 24 '13

Jeff Karstens (shoulder) will be re-evaluated next week after having his throwing program shut down on Friday due to pain in his right shoulder.

Karstens had been expected to return to the Pirates' rotation in early June, but now that timetable will certainly be pushed back. He has dealt with discomfort in his shoulder since early in the spring.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT May 24 '13

Jeff Karstens has been shut down after feeling pain in his right shoulder during his throwing program on Friday.

Karstens was initially expected to return to the Pirates by early June, but it looks like that timetable will need to be pushed back now. It's also unclear whether he'll work as a starter or reliever once he does make his way back.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT May 16 '13

Jeff Karstens (shoulder) will make his next rehab start Saturday with Double-A Altoona.

Karstens, currently working his way back from shoulder inflammation, gave up one run in three innings Monday in his first rehab outing with High-A Bradenton. He could join the Pirates by the end of the month, though it isn't clear what his role will be.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT May 13 '13

Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is slated to throw 50 pitches over three innings in a rehab start with High-A Bradenton on Monday.

He was cleared to begin a rehab assignment after tossing 29 pitches in a two-inning start in extended spring training on May 8. Karstens had a setback with his shoulder towards the end of spring training but appears to be back on track. He could be ready before the end of the month.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT May 03 '13

Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch in extended spring training on Monday.

Good news for Karstens, who made it through a two-inning simulated game with no issues. If all goes well in extended spring training, he will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Bradenton on April 13. He's likely a few weeks away from joining the Pirates and there's a chance he could do some in long relief.

Jeff Karstens SP PIT May 01 '13

Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday.

Assuming all goes well, a rehab assignment could the next step. Karstens has been sidelined since the middle of spring training due to right shoulder inflammation. He's expected to be stretched out as a starter, but the Pirates could bring him back as a long reliever.