Has Morton already won the 5th starter role?
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, Charlie Morton has pitched three times, combining for eight innings. In those eight innings, Morton has a 2.25 ERA, and a 3:1 K/BB ratio.
Spring Training stats largely don't matter, mostly because they are a small sample size, but also because different players face different levels of talent. Morton has been sta...
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