Karstens to be activated for opener in Philly

Karstens to be activated for opener in Philly

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Karstens' pitching agenda changed dramatically on Sunday morning, when plans to have him make a Triple-A rehab start were scratched by the Pirates.

Instead of starting on Sunday in Indianapolis, Karstens will start Monday in Philadelphia.

The right-hander, who has been disabled since mid-April with hip and shoulder issues, will be activated to open up the four-game series against the Phillies. Team officials were encouraged to take that step by a bullpen outing on Thursday, one which Karstens called "the best one I've had since Spring Training. Everything clicked."

The rest of the rotation is being backed up a day -- with Erik Bedard to start on Tuesday, followed by James McDonald and A.J. Burnett in Philadelphia, and Kevin Correia pitching Friday's opener of the weekend series in St. Louis.

Brad Lincoln is being moved to the bullpen. And the Pirates will have to make a roster move to allow for Karstens' activation of Monday.