Scott Olsen's reaction to move to the bullpen
Scott Olsen had little to say about his move from the Nationals starting rotation to the bullpen. He told a reporter to expect one-word answers when approached about the subject, and his spare answers provided a clear picture that Olsen, not surprisingly, is not pleased with the decision.
Asked his feeling about the switch, Olsen said, "I've got no opinion on that." Asked if he expected to start again with the Nationals, Olsen said, "I don't have any expectations anymore." Asked if the move surprised him, Olsen said, "No. Not with this team."
The Nationals informed Olsen on Friday, two days after allowing eight runs in 1 2/3 innings, that he would be moving to the bullpen. Yuneksy Maya, set to make his major league debut Tuesday, will replace Olsen in the rotation for now. Since return from the disabled at the end of July, Olsen is 1-6 with an 8.72 ERA. Manager Jim Riggleman said Olsen will start again before the season ends.
In the meantime, Olsen will be available in relief. He's not sure how, exactly, he'll do it. Olsen has never relieved on a regular basis at any level, and his lone relief appearance in the majors came in his first season as a call-up.
"I don't have a way to approach it," Olsen said. "I've never done it before so I can't give you an answer."
September 5, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
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