Bucs can use Lincoln in rotation or bullpen

Bucs can use Lincoln in rotation or bullpen

Bucs can use Lincoln in rotation or bullpen
PHOENIX -- Brad Lincoln got the first call at 12:30 a.m. in Indianapolis. His next call is likely to come this afternoon, telling him to get ready to take the mound against the D-backs.

Immediately after the conclusion of Tuesday night's game, the Pirates already knew they would be placing Jeff Karstens on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, and they notified Lincoln that he'd be replacing him on the roster.

Lincoln made it to Chase Field by early morning, a little sleep deprived, but happy to be here and eager to help. He was scheduled to start for the Triple-A Indians on Wednesday, so manager Clint Hurdle was likely to honor his throwing schedule if starter James McDonald needed midgame relief.

"I'm as fresh as can be. I'm not sure how they plan to use me, but I'll help out of the bullpen," Lincoln said.

"He's thrown extremely well in his last two starts in Indianapolis," Hurdle said. "He can support us with some length [out of the bullpen] or as a starting option."

The Bucs virtually emptied their bullpen in Tuesday night's win following Karstens departure after the first inning. Lincoln, as well as starter Kevin Correia, were available for relief support on Wednesday.

An off-day on Thursday gives Hurdle some flexibility in setting up his rotation for the ensuing six-game homestand. If Lincoln is to take Karstens' next turn, he would face the Rockies on Monday.