Pirates scratch McCutchen; Ohlendorf seems OK for next start

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DENVER -- Andrew McCutchen was scratched from the Pirates' lineup for the game this afternoon against the Colorado Rockies due to soreness in the right shoulder that was aggravated last night with a catch against the center-field fence.

McCutchen originally was in the lineup, but pregame work convinced manager John Russell to give him the day off.

Jose Tabata will take his place atop the order and in center field.

McCutchen is considered day to day.

Meanwhile, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf remains set to make his next start, Russell said.

In the 6-2 victory against the Rockies last night, Ohlendorf was hit in the head by a Troy Tulowitzki line drive.

But Ohlendorf remains scheduled to pitch Monday in Pittsburgh against the Cincinnati Reds, unless he begins to show concussion-like symptoms between now and tomorrow. There has been no such word this morning, but the rest of today and tomorrow, when the team will be in St. Louis, will be key in monitoring that. Ohlendorf has been in regular contact with the athletic trainers, as well as team physicians back in Pittsburgh.

"We just need to keep a close eye on Ross," Russell said. "But it's looked good so far."

Ohlendorf said he has felt no concussion-like symptoms at all.<.p>

"No problems, no headaches, anything," he just said with a smile.

He reiterated that he expects to pitch Monday.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dejan Kovacevic: dkovacevic@post-gazette.com . Find more at PBC Blog .


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