Pirates' Ohlendorf says pain in 'similar area' to past injury

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Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, who left Friday (into Saturday's) 14-inning game with shoulder soreness said the pain is in a "similar area" to the soreness that forced him to shut down last season on Aug. 23 and sent him to the 60-day disabled list.

"I felt it on one pitch and I threw a couple more and it was still there," Ohlendorf said of what happened against the Rockies on Friday in the top of the third. "So, I just felt like I needed to come out."

In regards to the area in which the pain is, Ohlendorf said there is a definite similarity.

"It is very close," Ohlendorf said. "I don't know if it is the exact same, but it is a similar area. I don't think it is as bad, though."

Ohlendorf, as he was leaving the ballpark after the 14-inning game, said it was too early to predict if he'd make his next schedule start, on Thursday. He also said that an MRI is not scheduled as of yet, but that he will be re-evaluate on Saturday when he arrives back at PNC Park and a plan of action will be mapped out by the medical staff then.

Also, right-handed reliever Evan Meek wasn't used in the 14-inning game because of tightness in his right shoulder. The injury isn't thought to be serious.

Colin Dunlap: cdunlap@post-gazette.com .


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