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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."

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 5, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
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So he doesn't know what to expect from this team. The fans don't know what to expect from him when he pitches, other than something bad.

Why not release him now and get it over with?

Posted by: Section314 | September 5, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Ooo..A little "'tude" from Olsen, he of the 5.88 ERA. He's lucky he wasn't demoted to batting practice pitcher, although his last start showed some promise in that direction.

Posted by: Natstoyou | September 5, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I would think after his past two AWFUL starts, he'd be thankful he's still in the majors. How, exactly, does he think he's earned the right to stay in the rotation?

Posted by: DavidandDonald | September 5, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Scott Olsen needs to make a new friend. He's called Reality. Go look at your numbers, Scott, then look in the mirror and see if you can honestly complain about your fate. The numbers don't lie.

That also goes for those writing in to say the Nats are in danger of losing 100 games. They've had to go 4-22 for that happen.

And it also goes for those who predicted the Nats would win 73 games. They'd have to go 15-11 to do that. (Hey, what a minute, who said that?)

Posted by: baltova1 | September 5, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I think Scott Olsen and Terry Crowley have something in common.

Posted by: 202character | September 5, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Olsen had a bad reputation in Fla. Don't recall much behavior issues with the Nats, but he has history.

Yep, Scott, not exactly the time to complain about how you're treated. You just received big incentive bonuses for blowing up on the mound the last 2 or 3 starts. It's not like they didn't give you a chance.

Posted by: utec | September 5, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid that Mr. Olsen is suffering from a disease called ENTITLEMENT, with symptoms of DELUSION. Wish I could be paid millions of dollars to be awful at what I do. In any event, he's burning his bridges.

Posted by: Slidell | September 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... Well, I guess that makes one roster decision a little easier for Rizzo on October 4th (or sooner).

Hey, that's another $1-1.5M they could add to Dunn's offer!

Posted by: BinM | September 5, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I can certainly understand why Olsen is frustrated. He's staring AAAA outside the organization dead in the face, and he needs an opportunity to show someone that he can still pitch effectively in the bigs. He'd probably prefer a DFA at this point, although I have no idea where he could get innings outside of a bullpen with September callups here and elsewhere.

Posted by: souldrummer | September 5, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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