Ohlendorf expected to make next start


DENVER — Other than the phone calls every two hours, Ross Ohlendorf got a good night’s sleep last night.

The Pirates’ medical staff made frequent checkups to ensure that Ohlendorf, who was struck on the head by a line drive in Wednesday’s game, did not have a concussion. A CT scan was negative.

Ohlendorf will not go on the disabled list and is expected to make his next start Monday against the Reds at PNC Park.

“I feel really good,” Ohlendorf said this morning. “I’m not cleared to do everything yet, but, hopefully, I will be in the next couple of hours or at least the next day or two.”

»»» Center fielder Andrew McCutchen is in the lineup today, despite reinjuring his right shoulder last night while making a leaping catch against the wall. McCutchen still could be scratched if his shoulder flares up during batting practice. “He seems to be OK,” manager John Russell said.

»»» McCutchen is one of just four everyday starters in today’s lineup. Russell said he watched to get his bench some action and also wanted veteran players such as Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby to face Cy Young candidate Ubaldo Jimenez.

“It’s not their first rodeo against some very good pitching,” Russell said. “I’m not sure Jose Tabata has seen much like this. We knew when he came up that there’d be certain games we’d give him off. (Jimenez) can be very tough on right-handers. We’re fortunate to have some left-handers on the bench.”

The Pirates will face two more top-notch pitchers — right-handers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright — in St. Louis.

“You find ways to score,” Russell said. “You’ve got to take advantage of any situation you get. Our guys have been swinging better, but every now and then you run into a buzzsaw. That’s the type of pitchers they are. Pitch and play defense — that’s how you win those games. That’s how we beat (Roy) Halladay earlier in the year.”

»»» Last night, Triple-A Indianapolis infielder Aki Iwamura was hospitalized after a collision at first base while running out a single. CT scan and chest X-ray were negative. “He should be fine,” farm director Kyle Stark said. “We’re hoping for (him to do) light activities today.”

»»» Indianapolis outfielder Alex Presley has 129 hits, which is tied for eighth-most in all of the minor leagues. Since being promoted to Indy on June 25, Presley is batting .352 with 14 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and a .406 on-base percentage.

»»» The lunch room in the Coors Field press box today is offering what it calls “Pittsburg sandwiches.” Misspelling our city isn’t their only mistake. The sandwiches consist of pastrami, lettuce and garlic fries on French bread. What, no fried egg?

»»» It’s a 15-minute walk through the LoDo section of Denver from my hotel to Coors Field. Over the past couple of years, there’s been a little construction and a few new stores/restaurants have gone in. One of the changes is a former gas station which is now a drive-in medical marijuana store. According to the sign out front, the store’s phone number is 555-WEED (I changed those first three digits).