- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

As is the case with spring training stats, no one in the major leagues tends to get too hung up on a big leaguer’s performance in a minor-league rehab game.

Nonetheless, Ross Ohlendorf and the Nationals can’t be feeling too good about the right-hander’s season debut.

Ohlendorf got the start for High-A Potomac on Wednesday afternoon and was drilled by Frederick. Batters for the Orioles affiliate touched him up for 11 hits and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings.

The 31-year-old has been sidelined since spring training with back problems. The Nationals placed him on the 60-day disabled list March 26, days after they had cut him from big-league spring training by optioning him to Syracuse.


Ohlendorf still has some time before he’s eligible to come off the DL, and based on Wednesday’s inauspicious debut, he probably needs it.

Ohlendorf went 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 16 appearances for the Nationals last season, including seven starts. He has pitched in the majors for the Yankees, Pirates and Padres.