PITTSBURGH -- Padres right-hander Ross Ohlendorf is in familiar territory at PNC Park, where he pitched for the Pirates from 2008-2011.
"It's a little strange in a different clubhouse," Ohlendorf offered. "It's nice to be back, I've been excited about this trip, and it's really nice to be here."
He made 64 starts for the Pirates and went 13-27 with a 4.60 ERA. Pitching at Triple-A Pawtucket for the Red Sox he posted a 4-3 record with a 4.61 ERA. The Padres signed him to a Major League contract on June 4.
Ohlendorf will be making his eighth start of the season on Sunday. Thus far, he has posted a 4-2 record with a 5.61 ERA for San Diego.
"I feel like I've been throwing the ball well since the All-Star break," Ohlendorf said. "I've had five starts, one of them my results weren't that good, but I still felt like I was throwing the ball well. I definitely feel like I've been improving and getting back on track."
Ohlendorf has one career outing against Pittsburgh at PNC Park -- a relief appearance for the Yankees on June 25, 2008, back before he became a member of the Pirates. In that game, he worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three.
"Yeah, it will be strange to face some old teammates on Sunday," Ohlendorf said. "It will be fun. I've always enjoyed pitching here -- it will be weird doing it as a visitor, but I'm looking forward to it."