BRADENTON, Fla. (KDKA/AP) – Missing the first month of spring training with a hamstring injury and struggling in his first two outings, Pirates left-hander Scott Olsen could be starting the season on the disabled list.

In his two outings this spring, Olsen has a 15.43 ERA and has allowed seven base-runners in 2 1/3 innings.

On Monday, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said “the ball is just not coming out of his hand the way it was before the hamstring injury.”

Olsen was signed to a two-year contract in the offseason and was planning to compete for a starting rotation spot.

Now with Olsen questionable for Opening Day, right-hander Charlie Morton will likely win the final spot in the starting rotation. In his 14 innings this spring, Morton has a 1.29 ERA with eight strikeouts.

In Morton’s last outing against the Houston Astros, he pitched six scoreless innings while allowing four hits and striking out five.


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