Scott Olsen roughed up

Scott Olsen didn't have a great outing yesterday, but it did achieve what it was intended to.

At first glance of the box score, one will see that Marlins left-hander Scott Olsen gave up six runs on six hits in four innings on Tuesday afternoon.
On the surface, those numbers aren't too impressive.

But what Olsen is taking away from his final Grapefruit League outing is the fact he lasted four innings and threw 74 pitches.

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"I feel strong. The only thing that I missed was more time to refine the breaking ball," Olsen said. "Today we took a step in doing that."

Olsen was a bit off with his fastball command, and his slider was phased in more on Tuesday.

"In their big inning, he didn't locate his fastball as well," catcher Matt Treanor said.

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"I came out healthy," Olsen said. "I threw a lot of strikes. Location was good for the most part. They put the ball in play, which is what they are supposed to do. When you do that, things happen, like the balls being blown 50 yards away from where they should land."

Olsen will next pitch in a simulated game on Sunday in Miami. Then he will fall in line as the fourth starter during regular-season play, when the games actually matter.

The wind was pretty bad yesterday, but that is neither here or there.  What is happening with Olsen is the club is having to stretch him quickly, which is never optimal with a player coming off an injury.  The important thing is not how he felt when exiting yesterday, it is how his shoulder feels today.

Olsen's command isn't that big of a concern to me since he showed he had it earlier in the spring.  What is a concern, given the Marlins are lacking starters, is that he will be asked to do too much too quickly.

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