Has Charlie Morton Won the 5th Starter Job?

Coming in to the Spring, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a battle for the 5th starter role between Charlie Morton, Scott Olsen, and Brad Lincoln.  The battle was largely seen to be between Morton and Olsen, with Lincoln destined to return to AAA to work on his changeup. About a month ago, Scott Olsen went down with a hamstring injury, and while he’s currently rehabbing, he has yet to pitch an inning in Spring Training.  Meanwhile,...

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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.” This kind of comment raises some questions about how Olsen could handle a bullpen assignment if he loses the...

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Huntington on Doumit, Olsen, Rodriguez

Rob Biertempfel has some updates from General Manager Neal Huntington: -Trade talks for Ryan Doumit have died down, according to Huntington.  He did mention that things usually pick back up the first few weeks of the season.  I think it’s pretty much a guarantee that Doumit will open the season with the team.  As for his trade value, I don’t think that’s going to increase in a bench role.  Unless we see a ton of...

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25-Man Roster Notes: Veras, Beimel, Olsen, Ascanio, Hart

A few notes on the 25-man roster… -We heard on Wednesday that Joe Beimel will make the roster, which is a move that was expected.  Rob Biertempfel has an update on another bullpen move, noting that manager Clint Hurdle has said Jose Veras will also make the team.  The Pirates signed Veras to a minor league deal, with a $1 M salary in the majors.  Veras is coming off a 2010 season where he put up a 3.75 ERA in 48 innings, with a...

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2011 Spring Training Battles: Bullpen

Yesterday I reviewed the battle for the fifth starter spot, noting that I saw it as a battle between Charlie Morton and Scott Olsen.  As reader “BLZR” pointed out in the comments, that’s pretty much the approach the Pirates will be taking this Spring, according to pitching coach Ray Searage.  My guess is that the loser of the battle between Morton and Olsen will take one of the open bullpen spots.  But what about the...

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