May 10: Reds (16-15) @ Pirates (14-17)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

First off, I wanted to send my well wishes to Amy — who takes such good care of us in the PNC Park press dining hall every day — as she recovers at Allegheny General Hospital. Amy, who has told me she’s a regular blog reader, was rushed to the hospital yesterday morning after collapsing here. But I was happy to learn today that she is recovering and doing well.

We miss you, Amy, and hope to see you back here soon!

TODAY’S NEWS AND NOTES:

  • As expected, the Pirates designated Brian Bass for assignment to make room for Ross Ohlendorf on the 25-man roster. The club now has 10 days to trade, release or waive Bass. Bass became the odd man out when the Pirates decided to move Jeff Karstens from the rotation to the bullpen rather than sending him back down to Triple-A.
  • Speaking of Ohlendorf, everyone in the clubhouse is thrilled to have him back on the mound again. It’s been over a month since Ohlendo.rf made his season debut (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K), and the Pirates are hopeful that his return will solidfy a rotation that is coming together better than it was a few weeks back.
  • Asked if Ohlendorf will be limited to a certain pitch count, manager John Russell said it will be other factors other than exclusively a pitch count that will factor into how long he lasts… i.e. the shape of his pitches, how his delivery holds up, if his pitches are getting up. Even still, don’t expect Ohlendorf to go nine. He threw just 59 pitches in his last Minor League rehab start, so there has to be a limit at some point.
  • Ryan Church took some swings in the cages today but said afterward that his right wrist is still very sore. He got hit in the wrist on Friday and hasn’t played since. Russell declared Church available off the bench, but Church said he really doesn’t think he can hit — well, at least hit well. 

Pirates lineup:

  1. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  2. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Garrett Jones (RF)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  7. Jeff Clement (1B)
  8. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  9. Ross Ohlendorf (RHP)

Reds lineup:

  1. Orlando Cabrera (SS)
  2. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Scott Rolen (3B)
  5. Jay Bruce (RF)
  6. Laynce Nix (LF)
  7. Drew Stubbs (CF)
  8. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  9. Bronson Arroyo (RHP)

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1 Comment

Can someone PLEASE tell me why Iwamura, with a .161 battling average is STILL batting leadoff?

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