In case you missed it, Ross Ohlendorf started for the Pirates last night for the first time. His line: 6 innings, 7 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. He was not involved in the decision.
Just a hunch, but Ross has a chance to be pretty good once he settles into a defined role. The Yankees never quite figured out what to do with him.
Ohlendorf was a starter to open the 2007 season then turned into a long reliever. Then a short reliever.
He came to spring training this season as a reliever and was used as a one-inning guy throughout the exhibition season. Then the season started and he was suddenly a long man. Then he got sent down in June and was made a starter again.
If you lost count, that’s five changes in less than two seasons. Young players have to be flexible, but that’s a little ridiculous.
Ohlendorf can throw 95-96, sink it and has good enough secondary pitches to be a successful starter, especially in the NL. He’s a smart guy, too, who embraces the idea of pre-game preparation and delving into scouting reports.
The Yankees got Xavier Nady back, so no complaints about the trade. But keep and eye on Ross.