Olsen no longer a rotation candidateScott 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.