If Crosby stays on plan, that gives him about 2 1/2 weeks to try to win a bullpen spot out of a crop of lefty relievers that includes veteran Phil Coke, trade acquisition Ian Krol, swingman Jose Alvarez and Blaine Hardy, who has looked good early. Given his starting history, Crosby could provide some flexibility as a multi-inning reliever, rather than as a specialist.
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