Pirates' Karstens could have late start
Pirates starter Jeff Karstens could have his start to spring training delayed by "a week or two," he said yesterday, because of elbow pain he felt last week at minicamp in Bradenton, Fla.
The positives, though, are twofold: One, Karstens resumed throwing Monday without incident, so any prescribed delay would be seen as precautionary. Two, spring training is a week longer than usual because of the World Baseball Classic, so the significance of a delay is diminished.
Karstens was shut down after one bullpen session in minicamp.
"I had a little bit of a scare there, but it's fine," he said.
Karstens, 26, is part of an eight-man competition for the rotation. He went 2-6 with a 4.03 ERA in nine starts after being acquired from the New York Yankees, including getting within four outs of a perfect game Aug. 6 in Phoenix.
First workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 14.
First Published January 24, 2009 12:00 am