Ross Ohlendorf to DL, McCutchen recalled to start tonight

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive 4/12, and have recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen to start tonight’s game, according to the BucsInsider Twitter account.  By placing Ohlendorf on the disabled list, the Pirates were able to call up McCutchen early, as otherwise they would have had to wait ten days after optioning him to the minors.

Ohlendorf won’t be eligible to return until the 27th of April.  The current rotation over the next few weeks is shaping up to be:

4/17: McCutchen
4/18: Paul Maholm
4/20: Charlie Morton
4/21: Zach Duke
4/22: McCutchen
4/23: Paul Maholm
4/24: ???
4/25: Charlie Morton
4/26: Zach Duke

The Pirates would need someone to start the April 24th game in order to avoid Morton or Duke going on four days rest.  That could possibly be Brian Burres, assuming he stays in the majors that long.  After that point they will need five starters, which means Ohlendorf could rejoin the rotation anytime between the 27th and 29th, with McCutchen resuming the role as the fifth starter.

The 25-man roster and the 40-man roster/payroll pages are both updated.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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