Olmos was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Olmos was under consideration for one of the final available spots in the Red Sox's bullpen after recording a 1.54 ERA over 11.2 spring innings, but his status as a non-roster invitee was always going to make it difficult for him to crack the Opening Day roster. The 27-year-old is expected to open the season at the Triple-A level, where he posted a 2.88 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 68.2 innings with Norfolk as a member of the Orioles organization in 2016.
Olmos (hamstring) allowed one run (none earned) on two hits in Sunday's game against the Twins. Olmos had missed some time due to the injury, but he's back and competing for the role of second lefty in the bulllpen.
Olmos (hamstring) was specifically mentioned by Red Sox manager John Farell as a candidate for the second lefty spot in the bullpen, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Olmos has kicked around in a few organizations since 2008 but feels he reinvented himself last season when he made the curveball his primary pitch instead of the more conventional fastball. His strikeout rate spiked to 10.0 K/9 last year at Triple-A Norfolk, and he's doing more of the same in Boston's camp. The 26-year-old minor league free agent has struck out 11 hitters and walked just two while posting a 1.17 ERA over 7.2 innings spanning six spring appearances. He's making a case for the second lefty spot in the bullpen, competing against Fernando Abad and Robby Scott.
Olmos is dealing with a hamstring strain and will be reevaluated Tuesday, Michael Silverman of MLB.com reports. The southpaw has been impressive in six games with the Red Sox this spring, allowing just one run across 7.2 innings while striking out 11 and walking two. Consider the 26-year-old day-to-day for the time being. He's been doing a good job staking his claim to a spot in the crowded Boston bullpen, but this setback will likely see him start the year with Triple-A Norfolk.
Olmos signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Olmos nearly broke camp with the Orioles last season, but he instead went on to post a strong 2.88 ERA and 10.0 K/9 as a member of Triple-A Norfolk's bullpen. The Red Sox seem to have a fairly set bullpen already, but a strong spring showing could vault the left-hander into a more prominent position in the organization depending on the performance of Boston's other southpaws.
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