Olsen no longer a rotation candidate

Olsen no longer a rotation candidate

Scott Olsen has been removed from game action, and is no longer a candidate to begin the season in the Pirates rotation. Olsen was expected to compete with Charlie Morton and others for the fifth starter spot, but he has been slowed by a hamstring injury for most of the spring. He has only pitched 2.1 innings, allowing four runs while walking three and striking out one. Morton, on the other hand, has had a very good spring. He has a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings, with eight strikeouts and one walk. This likely sets an opening day rotation of Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Kevin Correia, James McDonald and Morton, assuming McDonald’s oblique injury does not land him on the disabled list.

Olsen may start the season on the disabled list, giving him time to build up arm strength that was lost while his hamstring kept him off the field. With Joe Beimel also battling health issues, Garrett Olson and Brian Burres are becoming strong contenders to make the team as left-handed relievers.

Author: Matt Bandi

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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