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Pirates release injured left-hander Scott Olsen

May 14, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

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The Pirates have finally grown tired of waiting for starter Scott Olsen to recover from the shoulder inflammation that landed him on the disabled list at the end of spring training.

According to beat writer Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Bucs released the left-hander on Saturday night.

Olsen signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Pirates this winter and had a $4 million club option for 2012, but he’ll end his tenure with the organization having not made a single start.

The 27-year-old southpaw turned in a 5.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 81 innings for the Nationals last season, allowing 27 walks against 53 strikeouts. He has a 4.85 career ERA, a 6.6 career K/9 and a 1.48 career WHIP. Another team will probably give him a shot.

  1. addictedzone - May 14, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    His career had promise, but Scott’s talent level began to dip after he took on a taser and lost. Then again it could have been the alcohol that led to the taser. Or it could have been the time he was clocked by teammate Miguel Cabrera. Or the other time he was decked by teammate Randy Messenger. Or maybe it was the Sergio Mitre fight.

    Scott was always battling teammates more than opposing hitters.

  2. xmatt0926x - May 15, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    You stole my thunder. When he was with the Marlins he was all attitude and cockiness and just never ended up backing it up. Looks like the game has humbled him….hopefullly.

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