08/23/11 12:45 AM ET
Andrews confirms shoulder strain for Maholm
By Jenifer Langosch and Laura Myers / MLB.com
"Headed back to airport and back to the burgh," he tweeted. "Good visit with Dr. Andrews, looks like a strained muscle. Rest and let it heal. Should be good."
Maholm saw Andrews in Alabama on Monday morning for a second opinion on his injured left shoulder. Manager Clint Hurdle said he received a report from the meeting and did not see anything out of the ordinary.
"I don't think there was anything we did not expect to see," Hurdle said. "We'll get him back here and get a game plan of how we'll move forward with him."
Maholm was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain on Friday, retroactive to Thursday. He said on Saturday that the injury had plagued him in spots throughout his career, but has been more persistent in his past few starts.
Pirates place Correia on DL, recall Leroux
PITTSBURGH -- Three days after losing Paul Maholm to the disabled list, the Pirates' rotation is down another pitcher.
Kevin Correia is joining Maholm on the DL due to a left oblique strain. The club announced the roster move an hour before the start of the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Brewers but did not clarify when the injury was sustained. Chris Leroux takes Correia's spot on the roster and gives the Pirates a much-needed extra arm in the bullpen for the twin bill.
Correia was scheduled to start next on Wednesday, and the Pirates have not yet said who will take the right-hander's spot. If the Pirates dip into Triple-A for a spot starter, Sean Gallagher and Aaron Thompson would be options.
In the long term, though, Correia's rotation spot will go to Brad Lincoln, who made a six-inning start in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader, a 9-2 Pirates win. Manager Clint Hurdle confirmed after the game that Lincoln is staying in the rotation.
Correia leads the Pirates' staff with 12 wins, but he has been much more ineffective since lowering his ERA to 3.40 with a June 1 win. His season ERA now sits at 4.79. In his most recent outing, Correia gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings. The loss came at home, where Correia is 2-8 with a 7.71 ERA this season.
Leroux had been on the disabled list with a left calf strain since July 28. He made six appearances for Indianapolis during a rehab stint there and most recently pitched on Friday. Leroux's last four outings have been multiple innings in length, meaning that he could step in as a long reliever for the Pirates.
In his six rehab outings, Leroux allowed three earned runs on 10 hits in 13 innings. He walked five and struck out 13.
Hanrahan, Veras unavailable for twin bill
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates will not have closer Joel Hanrahan or setup man Jose Veras available for either game of Monday's doubleheader against the Brewers since both pitched in each of the team's previous three games.
That leaves the Pirates with a bullpen of five and without a closer. Manager Clint Hurdle did not name a fill-in closer, saying only that matchups will determine how he utilizes the options he does have.
Given his experience pitching in high-leverage situations this season, Chris Resop would seem a strong candidate to be called upon to close. Resop recorded his first and only Major League save in an 11-inning win over the Astros on June 17.
Of the six relievers who are available on Monday -- Resop, Joe Beimel, Jason Grilli, Daniel McCutchen, Tony Watson and Chris Leroux -- Grilli is the most limited. He threw 30 pitches in a one-inning appearance on Sunday. Leroux, who was activated off the disabled list on Monday, has been pitching in a multiple-innings role during his recent rehab stint with Triple-A Indianapolis, so he'd be a long-relief option for Pittsburgh.
Hurdle said there was only one pitcher in that bunch that he would feel comfortable pitching in both games of the twin bill. That pitcher remained unnamed.
"You always have 'winning the game' at the top, but alongside that, you have the players' health involved," Hurdle said. "I'm truly tied to their arms. I push them as far as I can push them and then back away. That will be in play. Our guys know where we stand, and they're more than willing to do their workload -- and possibly above and beyond their workload -- to help us win ballgames."
Ohlendorf back with Bucs in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -- Ross Ohlendorf was back in Pittsburgh on Monday and is expected to start Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, though the official announcement could not be made until Ohlendorf joins the roster. The move could be made after the second game of Monday's doubleheader or on Tuesday morning.
"That's TBA," manager Clint Hurdle said of Ohlendorf starting on Tuesday. "But there's a very good chance that could fall that way."
Hurdle said the reason Ohlendorf was already in the clubhouse was for Pirates trainers to ensure he was fit before they made a roster move. Ohlendorf was activated from the disabled list on Aug. 12 and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. He last pitched on Wednesday.
The right-hander made two starts for the Pirates in April before going on the 60-day DL on April 9 with a right shoulder strain. Ohlendorf said he felt good and was ready to rejoin the Major League club.
"Every time I've pitched throughout the whole rehab process, I feel like every time I've done something a little bit better," he said.
Because Ohlendorf had been making regular rehab starts, Hurdle said he would not be limited in terms of innings or a pitch count in the event of a start on Tuesday.
In his one-inning rehab appearance with Class A Advanced Bradenton on Sunday, right-hander Evan Meek (right shoulder tendinitis) threw 15 fastballs and two breaking pitches. Manager Clint Hurdle said reports were that Meek's fastball velocity sat between 88-91 mph.
Righty Jose Ascanio tossed six scoreless innings in a start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. The start was the first Ascanio has made since being optioned back to the Minors on June 14. Ascanio was thrown into starting duty because Indianapolis is thin on starting pitching. The Indians have lost some members of their rotation to Pittsburgh (Ross Ohlendorf, Brad Lincoln) and others to the disabled list (Garrett Olson, Rudy Owens). Given how well Ascanio's spot start went on Sunday, he is under consideration to get another.
Rehabbing outfielder Alex Presley (left hand contusion) and infielder Chase d'Arnaud (fractured right pinkie finger) played again for Indianapolis on Sunday. Presley went hitless in three at-bats, while d'Arnaud finished 1-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.
Garrett Jones entered Monday's doubleheader leading the National League with 13 extra-base hits this month. He's posted a .310 average and driven in 11 runs in August. Jones was not in Monday's Game 1 lineup against left-hander Chris Narveson.
Steve Pearce exited the first game of the doubleheader after eight innings due to an injury to the index finger on his right hand. According to general manager Neal Huntington, Pearce's status for Game 2 was uncertain.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Laura Myers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.