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2011 MLB Spring Training: Pirates' Scott Olsen To Miss Week With Injury

Pirates pitcher Scott Olsen will miss a week with a strained hamstring, the Post-Gazette reports:

Although Olsen said Thursday said he thought the injury was insignificant, believing it was a cramp brought on by dehydration, he was told otherwise Friday after being examined by the team’s medical staff …

“A week lost is a week lost,’’ said Manager Clint Hurdle. “We’ll see how it feels when he comes back. There are no more concerns except there will be a time when he’s not involved. You just rearrange the deck a little bit. It’s why you want everyone to stay ready.’’

The Post-Gazette notes that Olsen has had injury problems the past couple of years, but those were mostly shoulder issues, so this seems unrelated. Along with Charlie Morton, Olsen is one of the top two candidates for the fifth starter job, and he’s fairly likely to win the last spot in the bullpen if he doesn’t get that. A week is really no big deal at this point in Spring Training, but this is worth keeping an eye on.

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