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Jeff Karstens pain free, will showcase himself to teams in January


By on 12/18/2013 06:00:00 PM

After becoming a front-end starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012, Jeff Karstens missed all of 2013 due to shoulder surgery. Karstens tore his rotator cuff and labrum in Spring Training and had surgery to repair both tears. Now, as Jon Heyman reports, he is rehabbing and plans to showcase himself to teams in January.
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.

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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