Burres Will Start for Ohlendorf; Hanrahan Returns, Penn and McCutchen Headed to Indy

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….

Topics: Brian Burres, Daniel McCutchen, Hayden Penn, Joel Hanrahan

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  • Michael

    I was at the Giants game; Burres really looked like a kid amongst men. His time may come, but not now- but he does look like he has great stuff. JR’s line-up management kills me; not the pitcher hitting 8th; no big deal there. But he just can’t avoid tinkering with line-ups that work. Why ?

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Burres shuold not have been on the mound. From what I believe to be the case, Ross felt the back pain on Saturday? Why wasn’t Karstens stretched out and ready to pitch? He pitched four innings last night anyway. I don’t like excuses and people not being prepared whether it be a radio personality not asking great questions to a major league ball club giving itself the best opportunity to win. I might be way off base on this, but I wanted to see Karstens in that emergency situation. He isn’t a world beater, but I personally feel he would have given the Bucs the best chance to win. So now, the Bucs are hanging onto McCutchen in case Ross can’t go Saturday? Why? Which leads us to the next question– which is a great question Mike. A great question. I believe that JR feels he must do something to generate every possible opportunity to win. He wants to win. Is tinkering with the line-ups the reason for the losing? I don’t think it is. I believe JR is given scouting reports that he and his team study vehemently to give the club a chance to win. When Burres is given to you though, that makes it difficult to win. It’s a tough job Mike. And to sum this up, he uses those reports to make what he feels are the best lineup decisions. It is the only logical explanation I can come up with, but the bottom line is, the talent isn’t there yet. I think he can juggle lineups all day long, but until the talent improves, especially in clutch situations, it might be futile. Damn shame. But I do feel JR is doing his best with the talent he has to work with at the moment.