The headline says it all…
The $2 million dollar pitcher had to return to the line up sooner than expected due a colleague’s injury. The Pirates didn’t do Ross Ohlendorf any favors by starting him against one of the better teams in the National League and the team the Pirates historically have struggle against.
“Making his first start for the Pirates since early April, Ohlendorf allowed 14 baserunners in five innings. The Brewers roughed him up in the second and cruised to an 11-4 victory. Ohlendorf (0-1) gave up seven runs, 11 hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.”
“It has been a tumultuous year for Ohlendorf. In February, he beat the club in an arbitration hearing and was awarded a $2.025 million salary. Considering he went 1-11 with a 4.07 ERA in 2010, Ohlendorf became a poster boy for baseball’s out-of-control salary structure.”
Ross Ohlendorf, in my mind, became the “poster boy” because of his seeming arrogant attitude that he somehow deserved that salary following underperforming, injury-palgued seasons.