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Rangers sign left-hander Scott Olsen to minors contract

Nov 18, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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From the MLB.com transactions page, via MLBTR, comes word that the Rangers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen.

Olsen hasn’t made an appearance in the major leagues since the 2010 season, when he had a 5.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 53/27 K/BB ratio in 81 innings (15 starts, two relief appearances) with the Nationals.

The 28-year-old southpaw threw only five frames this summer in the minors because of what have become chronic shoulder issues.

If he can get healthy, Olsen might be able to climb into a mop-up role with Texas. But we’d bet against it.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    The very same Scott “Death Match” Olsen, dugout brawler extraordinaire and ghostwriter of the unauthorized autobiography Knuckle Sandwich? Ahhh, and I thought he had been sent off to Exultation and rendered down for Soylent Oktoberfest Dark Special, but I see here that the dude abides.

    • skeleteeth - Nov 18, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      All I can think of when I hear his name is how he narrowly missed being folded in half and tucked under the dugout bench by Mr. MVP a few years back.

  2. kkolchak - Nov 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Wonder if Olsen has given up cigarettes yet.

    • landrew1208 - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      You’re singling Scott out only for smoking? …. and no one else? That’s bull. Maybe you should spend some time with Miss Emily.

  3. scratchnsniffnblog - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I will forever think of Scott Olsen as a drunken mess, sitting in a chair in front of his home, after leading police on a merry chase, waiting to be inevitably tasered into submission.

    And suddenly, I miss undergrad…

    • landrew1208 - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM

      That’s old news. When a man makes changes in his life and works hard to pitch again, he should be lifted up, not smacked down.

  4. spytdi - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    He’ll be like the pitching version of Josh Hamilton. It’s worth a shot…

  5. landrew1208 - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Give Scott Olsen a break. He is a young guy who has a passion for the game, unlike many. Scott is not the same man he was (for all of you haters who like to single out a man’s mistake constantly). I, for one, think this is a great opportunity for Scott and the Rangers. Go get em Scott!

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