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Scott Olsen and his 5.58 ERA want nothing to do with bullpen

Sep 7, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

Scott Olsen tossed four no-hit innings yesterday in his first relief appearance since 2005, but afterward made it very clear that he wants nothing to do with the bullpen long term.

I’d like to start. I don’t want to be a bullpen guy. The biggest difference in not being able to throw 140 feet before I get on the mound. That’s not going to work. I’ve done it. I don’t get on the mound unless I play long toss. That’s the biggest difference. Obviously, I don’t want to be in the bullpen. I’d rather start. That’s not what they want me to do.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post described Olsen as “slumped in a chair in front of his locker” and noted his “glum postgame demeanor.”
Olsen’s reluctance to fill a role he’s basically never filled before is certainly understandable, but he’s at the “beggars can’t be choosers” portion of his career at this point. He’s gone 3-8 with a 5.88 ERA in 15 starts this season and is 23-38 with a 5.22 ERA in 92 starts since his good rookie season for the Marlins in 2006.
Four years, 92 starts, and 516 innings worth of a 5.22 ERA as a starter basically means you no longer have any say over your role. And if anything Olsen should be open to a move to the bullpen because it might extend his career and give him a chance to be something more than a fourth or fifth starter.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    The Feesh unloaded Olsen not so much because of any issues relating to his talent, but because whenever he shook his head you could hear things rattling around loose in there and the noise was disconcerting to his teammates. He once got into a fistfight with Ricky Nolasco in the dugout, and Nolasco was supposed to be his friend. He was turfed out very shortly after that. If all he did was sit and sulk over his reassignment, perhaps he’s either matured a little or the detritus in his head encountered sticky substances and are resting quietly at the bottom of his ventricles.

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