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Bucs are pondering Ohlendorf's replacement

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ross Ohlendorf (back spasms) won't make his scheduled start Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds, and the Pirates will name a replacement this morning. Rookie right-hander Daniel McCutchen and lefty Brian Burres are the top candidates.

Although his cranky back will keep him off the mound, Ohlendorf doesn't necessarily have to go on the disabled list to clear a roster spot for his replacement.

Burres, who started Monday in San Francisco, still was with the team Friday night, and Saturday is his normal rotation turn. Or the Pirates could return Burres to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear space for McCutchen to return.

» Heading into last night's game, the Pirates' starting rotation had a combined ERA of 6.92 and had produced just one quality start in nine games. But, according to manager John Russell, the overworked bullpen has held up well.

"The more you go through things like that, it really molds your bullpen," Russell said. "They're rallying around each other. They're growing together. Having (Brendan) Donnelly and (Octavio) Dotel down there, they're really getting those guys to understand what a bullpen's about."

» Pirates players will host 27 children this morning for a shopping event at Dick's Sporting Goods at the Mall at Robinson. The event is co-sponsored by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services' Office of Children, Youth and Families Foster Care.

» With the start of last night's game delayed by rain, the Pirates chose to show a replay of the 1979 NLCS on the video scoreboard instead of the Penguins' live Stanley Cup playoff game.




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