Bucs place Maholm on DL

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates announced during Friday’s game against the Reds that they have put left-hander Paul Maholm on the 15-day disabled list due to a left shoulder strain. The placement is retroactive to Aug. 18, meaning that Maholm will be eligible to come off any time after Sept. 1.

A corresponding roster move will be made prior to the team’s game on Saturday.

Maholm, who made his Major League debut in 2005, had never been on the disabled list before, and this injury could jeopardize his chances at starting at least 29 games for the sixth straight season. Maholm has made 26 starts thus far.

The left-hander is 6-14 with a 3.66 ERA in 2011, though his recent results haven’t been that good. Maholm is winless since the All-Star break and has a 5.75 ERA in those seven second-half outings. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits in five innings on Wednesday.

The Pirates were already expected to call Ross Ohlendorf up from Triple-A to start one of Monday’s doubleheader games against the Brewers. Now, the Pirates will also need someone to step into Maholm’s rotation spot on Tuesday.

That could be right-hander Brad Lincoln, though Lincoln has not been staying stretched out since joining the Pirates’ bullpen on Aug. 6. Brian Burres and Sean Gallagher, both of whom are pitching in the Triple-A rotation, would also be options.

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