08/05/11 7:58 PM ET
Lee remains out with sore left hand
By Laura Myers / MLB.com
Lee was left out of the lineup before batting practice, but took swings to test his injured hand.
"It didn't feel as good as I hoped today," he said. "[But] it feels a lot better today than it did yesterday, so hopefully tomorrow there's another big jump."
Lee said there is swelling in his wrist, which causes pain when he rotates his arm to swing. He said he would not be available off the bench for Friday's game against San Diego.
"I guess I could probably pinch run," he said. "I don't think you'd want me to do that, though."
Ohlendorf's rehab schedule up in air
PITTSBURGH -- No decision has been made about whether Ross Ohlendorf's rehab start on Thursday will be his last, manager Clint Hurdle said.
"We were just finalizing the conversation ... about what would be next," Hurdle said. "We haven't made that definitive."
Ohlendorf threw 89 pitches over six innings in a start Thursday at Double-A Altoona. The right-hander has been on the disabled list with a right shoulder posterior strain since April.
Hurdle said Ohlendorf's velocity was good through the first two innings and leveled to 90-92 miles per hour after that. He said Ohlendorf was able to get ground ball outs, and his fastball was better than his slider.
"I thought it was another good day for him to increase volume and increase stamina," Hurdle said. "There could be some more work to do."
Other injury updates:
Outfielder Alex Presley (left thumb contusion) said he hopes to take batting practice on Saturday. Hurdle said Presley was on pace to do so.
Left fielder Jose Tabata left Pittsburgh Friday for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis, which Hurdle said would begin this weekend.
Hurdle says 19-inning game not reason for slide
PITTSBURGH -- Since playing in an 19-inning game on July 26 against Atlanta, the Pirates have been swept twice and collected a record of 1-8. Manager Clint Hurdle said he looked into how teams in the past 10 years have played after marathon games and found a pattern.
"For the most part the good teams played pretty good, and the other teams took more of a hit," Hurdle said. "There was a little dip involved in probably more of the teams, but some of the elite teams worked right through it."
While he acknowledged that a game like that could bring "collateral damage," Hurdle said the two relievers who pitched the most innings -- Jason Grilli and Daniel McCutchen -- didn't seem to be affected. In four appearances since, Grilli has allowed two runs. McCutchen has allowed four runs in three appearances.
"You try to monitor that," Hurdle said. "I thought both Grilli and McCutchen were able to bounce back. Grilli's fastball velocity didn't dip; McCutchen's fastball velocity didn't dip."
The Pirates have not won a series against the Padres in Pittsburgh since before PNC Park opened in 2001. They have gone 9-23 against San Diego at PNC.
Outfielder John Bowker was named player of the month at Triple-A Indianapolis for the month of July. In 27 games in July, Bowker hit .316 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 20 RBIs.
The Pirates' Venezuelan Summer League team clinched its sixth straight playoff berth on Thursday and will begin the first round on Monday.
Laura Myers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.