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Pirates part ways with starter Ohlendorf

| Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

The Pirates have given up on pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, and early this morning announced they have released the 29-year-old right-hander.

Ohlendorf pitched in just nine games this pastseason due to a shoulder injury and went 1-3 with an 8.15 ERA. In 2010, Ohlendorf went 1-11 with a 4.07 ERA, yet won his arbitration case last offseason and was awarded $2.025 million.

The Pirates acquired Ohlendorf on July 26, 2008, as part of a five-player trade with the New York Yankees. He made 64 starts for the Pirates and went 13-27 with a 4.60 ERA.

Ohlendorf's departure opened a spot on the 40-man roster for infielder Yamaico Navarro, who was acquired in a trade from Kansas City in exchange for pitcher Brooks Pounders and infielder Diego Goris. Navarro, 24, hit .264 in 59 games last season at Triple-A. In 22 games in the majors for the Royals and Boston Red Sox last year, Navarra hit .250 with a homer and nine RBI.

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