Ohlendorf to DL; McCutchen recalled

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Pittsburgh has recalled right-hander Daniel McCutchen from Triple-A Indianapolis and placed Ross Ohlendorf on the disabled list with a right shoulder posterior strain. This isn’t much of a surprise, given that the Pirates had to get a pitcher up here after Friday’s 14-inning marathon.

McCutchen would give the Pirates a length option out of the bullpen on Saturday if Charlie Morton is unable to go deep. I suspect that Chris Resop, Garrett Olson and Jeff Karstens will all be unavailable after their workloads on Friday. Evan Meek is questionable due to right shoulder tightness. Once the clubhouse opens in a bit, more should be known about his status.

Ohlendorf’ left his start on Friday with soreness in the same area of his right shoulder that caused him to sit out the final 5-6 weeks in 2010. He said he doesn’t believe the injury is as serious this time, but the Pirates are going to have to wait and see on that one.

Manager Clint Hurdle should let us know later today who will step in to  fill Ohlendorf’s rotation spot, though my guess would be Karstens. He pitched well in relief of Ohlendorf on Friday and has shown an ability to step in and provide the team with quality starts in a pinch before.

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Looks like the Pirates will have to grind out their wins in the beginning of the baseball season. Pitching is the key for the Bucs until the young line up can settle in. The strength of the Pirates is not pitching. So they can`t afford any more injuries. I`m sure they do have a lot of options, but they are not that deep. Grind it out Bucs!

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