Olson should make the Opening Day roster with Olsen and Beimel hurt.
At the start of the off-season, the bullpen looked pretty crowded. The Pittsburgh Pirates had locks in Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, and Jeff Karstens. They added Joe Beimel and Jose Veras, and almost immediately proclaimed that each reliever would make the majors, despite their non-roster invitee status. The final spot was seen as a battle between out-of-options relievers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, and the loser of the Charlie Morton/Scott Olsen battle for the fifth starter spot. After recent injuries in the last week, some spots could be opening for guys who previously didn't have a chance in the majors.
Scott Olsen and Joe Beimel have both dealt with injuries this off-season. Olsen will start on t...
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