Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf has been bothered with back spasms and was scratched as the starter tonight. Brian Burres will get his first start of the season. Where is Jeff Karstens? Who did he piss off? [UPDATE: Karstens threw four innings for AAA Indy. He allowed two hits. No runs. He struck out two Mud Hens.]
Burres most recently started for the Blue Jays in April 2009. He was with the Orioles as well during his career and has made 41 starts. His Baseball Reference page isn’t real pretty. 6+ ERA, 265IP and 323 hits, a WHIP of 1.679, 4.1 BB/9 ok, ok you get the picture…buckle up Pirates infielders.
Hayden Penn was designated for assignment. Penn surely wasn’t surprised. He allowed eight earned runs on eight hits. He walked three opponents. Oh yeh, he threw just 2.1 innings.
Right-hander Joel Hanrahan rejoined the team today as well, when the Bucs optioned Daniel McCutchen to Indy. McCutchen surely expected it too. He was told he would be heading to Indy after his start.
So now the Bucs have Penn, McCutchen and Hart all in Indians uniforms at AAA. We couldn’t resist….