Pirates release injured left-hander Scott Olsen

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The Pirates have finally grown tired of waiting for starter Scott Olsen to recover from the shoulder inflammation that landed him on the disabled list at the end of spring training.

According to beat writer Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Bucs released the left-hander on Saturday night.

Olsen signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Pirates this winter and had a $4 million club option for 2012, but he’ll end his tenure with the organization having not made a single start.

The 27-year-old southpaw turned in a 5.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 81 innings for the Nationals last season, allowing 27 walks against 53 strikeouts. He has a 4.85 career ERA, a 6.6 career K/9 and a 1.48 career WHIP. Another team will probably give him a shot.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.