Ohlendorf steadily improving

Ohlendorf steadily improving

PITTSBURGH -- Ross Ohlendorf appears headed toward another rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis as he continues his road back from a right shoulder injury that has had him on the disabled list since the second week of the season.

Ohlendorf threw 73 pitches in a five-inning start for Indianapolis on Friday. It was Ohlendorf's first outing with Indianapolis and fourth since his Minor League rehab stint began. Assuming Ohlendorf takes additional steps forward in his next outing, he'll likely be ready to rejoin the Pirates immediately after.

"There were still some bright spots and some things to still work on," manager Clint Hurdle said of Ohlendorf's last outing. "The breaking ball was a work in progress, but improving. The mechanics, the repeating of delivery were in better shape."

It's unknown whether the Pirates plan to bring Ohlendorf back in a starting or relief role.