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Ohlendorf, Lincoln assume spots in rotation

Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:03 pm
WeaverBy Evan Brunell

Brad Lincoln has been tabbed to take over Kevin Correia's starting spot in the rotation, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Along with Ross Ohlendorf, this makes two new members of Pittsburgh's rotation in the last few days.

Ohlendorf, who was activated by the Pirates on Tuesday with reliever Joe Beimel designated for assignment, will step in for Paul Maholm who is on the shelf with a strained shoulder. Ohlendorf himself had been sidelined since early April with a strained shoulder and returns to a season in which he's given up seven runs in 8 2/3 innings over two starts. Over the last two seasons combined, the 29-year-old has a 3.98 ERA in 50 starts and will hope to replicate that success.

Lincoln, meanwhile, would love to produce what Ohlendorf threw up from 2009-10. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft made his second start of the season on Monday, first since a July 2 spot start, and shut down the Brewers on Monday, giving up two runs in six innings. That performance was enough to give Lincoln a rotation spot after posting a 4.19 ERA in 19 starts down at Triple-A.

"We'll give him [the] ball and see where he takes it," manager Clint Hurdle told the Tribune-Review.

On the farm, Lincoln's proven himself to be stingy with the ball and strikes out enough batters to keep them honest. If he can translate those aspects to the majors, he could end up a solid mid-rotation starter, and his performance down the stretch will have a lot to say about his future with Pittsburgh. Still, the fact that he still hasn't locked down a full-time job -- or an extended audition -- in the majors thus far at age 26 doesn't bode well for his future.

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