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Trouble From Scott Olsen?

Trouble From Scott Olsen?

Colin Dunlap shared the following quote from left handed pitcher Scott Olsen, who the Pittsburgh Pirates signed this off-season:
“They didn’t bring me in here to be a bullpen guy,” Scott Olsen told the Post-Gazette. “They want to do that, we are going to have to have a conversation about it, and we haven’t had one about it.”
Will Olsen be a problem if he is moved to the bullpen?

This kind of comment raises some questions about how Olsen could handle a bullpen assignment if he loses the fifth starter role to Charlie Morton.  Olsen has complained in the past when placed in a bullpen role, so the comments he made aren't surprising.  It also wouldn't be a surprise to see him react negatively if Morton wins the fifth starter spot to open the season.  Olsen is currently rehabbing from a hamstring strain, which has set him back behind Morton for the battle for the final spot in the rotation.

If Olsen does get placed in the bullpen, he doesn't have much room to complain.  He is coming ...

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