TORONTO -- The Orioles have tried to make it known to Garrett Olson that he's not rehearsing for a spot in next year's rotation. They want him to relax, take the ball every five days and be himself without the burden of massive expectations.
But make no mistake: Club officials are watching the organization's top pitching prospect closely, looking to see how Olson assimilates himself into the major leagues. Can he throw all his pitches for strikes? Can he make in-game adjustments? How will he handle adversity? Can he succeed without his best stuff?