jeff karstens said to be pain-free and in midst of normal winter throwing program. planning to work out for clubs in jan.Karstens's shoulder problems began in 2011, and although he has had only one official DL stint attributed to them before his surgery, he has missed 100 team games because of them. He also had lower back problems, groin strains, and a fractured fibia earlier in his career. Those injuries have led to four DL stints, totaling 159 games.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 18, 2013
When healthy, Karstens made himself into a genuine Major Leaguer. He has a career record of 26-40 but with mostly losing Pirates teams. In his last two years, Karstens is 14-13 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.186 WHIP. If he is over his shoulder problems, then the 31-year-old right hander should have a chance to resume what was becoming a promising career.
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