Ohlendorf out until at least mid may
Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, who was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder posterior strain, expects to be out until at least mid May.
Ohlendorf told Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune on Monday, “Hopefully, I’ll be back in about a month. But it’s still too early to really know for sure.”
Ohlendorf was pulled after throwing 2.2 innings on April 8th against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park after feeling discomfort.
Sunday, Ohlendorf made 50 tosses from 60 feet on flat ground. He is scheduled to throw from 75 feet today.
Ohlendorf told Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune, I need to get up to 120 feet, and the plan for that is about two weeks from now.
Right-handers Jeff Karstens and Brad Lincoln (Triple-A Indianapolis) and lefty Brian Burres (Triple-A) are being considered to start in the rotation.
Karstens allowed five runs on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts over 4.1 innings against the Reds. It was his first start of the season.
Lincoln allowed three runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over five innings against the Louisville bats on April 15th.
Burres is not on the 40-man roster, so if they Pirates went with the lefty, they would have remove someone off the roster. Burres threw a four hit shutout with no walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings against the Louisville Bats on April 17th.