Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Jakubauskas is making slow progress as he recovers from a concussion he sustained when he was hit in the head by a line drive on April 24 in Houston.
Jakubauskas, who is on the disabled list, felt dizzy after attempting to play a game of catch on Friday. For now, the Pirates aren’t rushing his recovery from the scary incident, preferring to wait until he feels better before working out a formal rehabilitation program.
The pitcher is periodically taking tests given to athletes who have sustained concussions to determine when he can resume more strenuous physical activity.
Jakubauskas was pitching in the first inning of his first start for Pittsburgh when he was hit by the liner off Lance Berkman’s bat. He made his major league debut at age 30 for Seattle last season, going 6-7 with a 5.32 ERA in 35 games.
Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens threw six shutout innings against St. Louis – and earned himself a trip to the bullpen.
With the Pirates’ rotation suddenly crowded, Pirates manager John Russell said Karstens will work as a reliever for now.
Left-hander Brian Burres will start Friday against Chicago after pitching 12 scoreless innings in his last two starts, against the Dodgers and Cubs.
Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (back) will come off the disabled list today to start against the Reds. He hasn’t pitched since going five innings in a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on April 7.
The Pirates beat the Cardinals, 2-0, on Saturday as Karstens and four relievers combined on a four-hitter.
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was in the lineup at designated hitter against the Baltimore Orioles, his first start in more than a week.
Mauer struck out as a pinch-hitter Saturday after missing eight games because of a deeply bruised left heel he sustained while running out a grounder April 30.
If all goes well, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expects Mauer to be back behind the plate Tuesday when the Twins open a two-game home series with the Chicago White Sox.
Mauer, who is hitting .341 with one home run and 13 RBI, tested his foot by squatting in the catcher’s position in the batting cage during prior to the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Florida Marlins sent left-handed pitcher Hunter Jones to Triple-A New Orleans and will reactivate left-handed pitcher Dan Meyer today. ... Astros manager Brad Mills was ejected in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against San Diego for arguing with plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. ... San Diego pitcher Kevin Correia was scratched from his scheduled start in Houston after the death of his younger brother in California. ... Phillies catcher Brian Schneider has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left Achilles’ strain. ... The Washington Nationals called up reliever Doug Slaten from Triple-A Syracuse, adding a second left-hander to their bullpen. To make room for the 30-year-old Slaten, the Nationals designated left-handed Matt Chico for optional assignment. … Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected for the first time this season. Plate umpire Tim McClelland threw Girardi out of Sunday night’s game against Boston after he argued a called third strike against Marcus Thames that ended the top of the fourth.