SAN FRANCISCO — It is “unlikely” that righty Ross Ohlendorf will make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Reds, according to manager John Russell.
This morning, Ohlendorf played catch instead of attempting a bullpen session. “He felt good, but it’s pretty unlikely he’ll pitch Saturday,” Russell said. The main issue is Ohlendorf’s lower back, which locked up on him Friday in Arizona. But remember also that he is building up some rust on his arm: Ohlendorf has not pitched since going five innings April 7 in a no-decision against the Dodgers at PNC Park.
Even if Ohlendorf cannot go Saturday, Russell was not ready to commit to a stint on the disabled list. Brian Burres, who started and went four innings Monday against the Giants, is still with the team and could make another spot start Saturday. Another possibility is Daniel McCutchen, who Monday was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Lineups for this afternoon’s game:
Pirates (4-4) – 1. Aki Iwamura 2b, 2. Andrew McCutchen cf, 3. Lastings Milledge lf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6. Bobby Crosby 1b, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 8. Charlie Morton (0-1, 21.60) rhp, 9. Ronny Cedeno ss
Giants (6-2) – TBA. Jonathan Sanchez (0-0, 6.23) lhp