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#Pirates RHP Karstens worked his way into full-time starter status this year. But there are signs that won't ...
... necessarily be the case next year. Karstens is looking more like a non-tender candidate than a part of team's plans for 2013.
Today, Hurdle said he's decided to keep Karstens in bullpen rest of season. Karstens has not started a game since Aug. 31, when he lasted one-third of an inning against Brewers before leaving with a hip pointer injury. He made 15 starts this year and went 5-4 with a 3.89 ERA.
Karstens, who is making $3.1 million, has one year of arbitration eligibility left. Pirates likely will decide it's not worth paying $4M-plus to a guy who's proven to be an injury risk, which is why Locke and McPherson have gotten long looks down stretch.
Only locks for rotation heading into 2013 are Burnett and Rodriguez. After that, there are no guarantees.