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Bucs GM Huntington unsure about Ohlendorf

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Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

General manger Neal Huntington wouldn't say Sunday whether the Pirates will tender an offer this offseason to pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, who's second-year arbitration eligible.

Ohlendorf, who missed most of this season due to injury, beat the Pirates in his arbitration hearing this year and is making $2.025 million.

"Ross is due for some element of a raise, if we choose to go through the arbitration process with him," Huntington said.

Ohlendorf (1-2, 6.82) has two starts left to try to sway Huntington's decision.

» The Pirates closed their academy in Venezuela and will no longer field a team in the Venezuelan Summer League. Next year, the Pirates will centralize their Latin American activities out of their 2-year-old, $5 million academy in El Toro, Dominican Republic, and will field two teams in the Dominican Summer League.

"We will not lose that much, if anything, in Venezuela," Huntington said. "We will still scout in Venezuela."

» Reliever Jared Hughes has allowed only four singles and no runs in his first seven outings in the majors. On Saturday, the Dodgers had runners on the corners and two outs, but Hughes escaped by getting Aaron Miles out on a comebacker.

"It was the first jam he'd worked himself into this season," manager Clint Hurdle said.

It also was the first time Hughes had faced the middle of the lineup and also his first time pitching in back-to-back games.

"Very impressive," Hurdle said.

» Daniel Moskos has made five scoreless relief outings since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Management has told him to take a closer's mentality — one inning, cut it loose with max effort.

"We've tried to help him recreate himself a little bit," Hurdle said.

But with a fastball that tops out around 91 mph, it's not likely that Moskos can be an eighth- or ninth-inning guy in the future.

"At one time, he threw in the mid-90s mph, but I have not seen that," Hurdle said. "Right now, it's a two- and four-seam fastball, a little bit of a changeup and a slider. We're trying to develop the mentality first, then see if the arm will get back to where it was."




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