Pregame: Ohlendorf not ready


Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (right shoulder posterior strain) this afternoon threw two 20-pitch sessions of live batting practice. He did not get exactly the results he wanted.

“I’m not quite ready to make a rehab start like I wanted to be at this point,” Ohlendorf said.

The problem is a lack of endurance and arm strength. Ohlendorf’s first set of pitches went fine, but pitching coach Ray Searage noticed Ohlendorf faded in the second set.

“We’re not there yet,” Searage said. “The delivery is good; I like what I see there. I see consistency of arm slot and the head staying on target. But his strength is not consistent. That’s normal.”

Ohlendorf will throw a bullpen session in Sunday, then be re-evaluated. Once he’s ready to begin a rehab stint, he’ll likely need at least three starts before rejoining the Pirates.

»»» Outfielder Jose Tabata is back in the lineup after sitting out the past four games with a tender hamstring.

»»» Third baseman Pedro Alvarez (sore right quadriceps) is out of the lineup. Alvarez took batting practice on the field. “Hitting is no problem,” he said. “It’s just running. I’m still a little tight, but it feels better.” Neither Alvarez nor manager Clint Hurdle would speculate on when Alvarez will be back in action.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Astros (12-19) – 1. Jason Bourgeois lf, 2. Michael Bourn cf, 3. Hunter Pence rf, 4. Carlos Lee 1b, 5. Bill Hall 2b, 6. Angel Sanchez 3b, 7. Clint Barmes ss, 8. J.R. Towles c, 9. Wandy Rodriguez lhp (1-3, 4.26)

Pirates (11-13) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Matt Diaz rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Chris Snyder c, 6. Lyle Overbay 1b, 7. Brandon Wood 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Paul Maholm lhp (1-4, 4.14)