Pirates Notebook: Ohlendorf placed on disabled list

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Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf's right shoulder injury has forced two moves.

What the next move will be remains to be seen.

The first, after Ohlendorf had to leave the game Friday night early with pain, was to put the right-handed pitcher on the 15-day disabled list. Ohlendorf, who ended last season on the 60-day disabled list, has been diagnosed with a right shoulder posterior strain.

"It seems very similar to what I had last year," Ohlendorf said. "Just not as bad. ... I feel much better than I did, last year when I got hurt, the following day. Much better."

Saturday, the Pirates recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen from Class AAA Indianapolis. He made it to PNC Park in time to be in uniform for the game against the Colorado Rockies, and the immediate plan was to use McCutchen, who had not pitched for Indianapolis this season, in the bullpen.

"He isn't just here to catch the [ceremonial] first pitch," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of McCutchen, who pitched in 34 games for the Pirates the past two seasons. "He's out here to pitch. He has value in our organization and he's done some good things. He was the freshest guy who was available on the roster, also."

In addition, Indianapolis pitchers Chris Leroux and Brian Burres were considered for a recall. But Leroux pitched an inning Friday and Burres pitched five innings Thursday.

The remaining move is to name a pitcher to replace Ohlendorf in the starting rotation.

"We are going to hold off," Hurdle said. "We don't need to make a decision on that, so we are just going to go 'TBA.' "

Ohlendorf's next scheduled time out would be Thursday against Milwaukee. There is a chance the Pirates, with a day off Monday, could skip the spot in the rotation.

In that case, Charlie Morton, who pitched Saturday night against the Rockies, would pitch Thursday against the Brewers. The pitching staff could work in a four-man rotation until a fifth starter would be needed next weekend when the Pirates travel to Cincinnati for a four-game series followed by three games in Florida against the Marlins.

Meek on the mend

Hurdle said eighth-inning specialist Evan Meek was doubtful for the game Saturday night against the Rockies because he is battling a bit of shoulder tightness.

"It is not something that's serious, but it is something where they want to give me a few extra days," said Meek, who also was unavailable for the 14-inning victory Friday night against Colorado.

"The frustrating thing for me is that all of our guys threw [Friday night], so all of our guys are tired now. That's frustrating, feeling I can pitch, but it just makes more sense to take a day to heal."

On top of that, because of the way the bullpen was taxed in that game, Hurdle was going to do all he could Saturday night not to use Jeff Karstens, Chris Resop and Mike Crotta, as well as Meek.

Buried treasure

• In the 14-inning game that started Friday night and ended early Saturday morning, the Pirates used seven pitchers. They also got their money's worth from bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade, who caught 554 pitches while warming up pitchers.

• "An appropriate amount," is how Hurdle -- with a broad smile -- described the amount of sleep he got after the 14-inning marathon.

Colin Dunlap: cdunlap@post-gazette.com .


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