Jeff Karstens To Rejoin Rotation This Week

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 17: Jeff Karstens #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 17, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Bill Brink:

Jeff Karstens will not make his rehab start in Indy today, Hurdle said. He will start a game on road trip vs. #Phillies this week

The series against the Phillies is four games, which means that everyone who's currently in the rotation is scheduled to start, except Kevin Correia. That suggests that Correia is probably safe, although it's also possible that Karstens could start Thursday, on Brad Lincoln's turn, and Lincoln could pitch on Friday. Correia starts today, of course, and I'm sure he could force the Pirates' hand if he pitched really badly.

I'm guessing Lincoln is probably headed back to the bullpen. In that case, Jared Hughes or Doug Slaten would probably be the odd man out.

Getting Karstens back should provide a nice boost.

UPDATE: Tom Singer says there's some possibility that Karstens could start today, in place of Correia. Stay tuned.

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