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Durin O'Linger 'The Pharmacist' is making the most of his unexpected chance

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The following is an excerpt from a Boston Globe story by Alex Speier on former Davidson pitcher Durin O'Linger and his opportunity to play in the Boston Red Sox organization this summer. A link the to full story follows the excerpt.

By Alex Speier
Globe Staff
Typically, the minor leagues are examined solely through the related prisms of prospect value and expected big league contributions. Yet there are some players for whom such narrow considerations miss the point.

But in some instances, a minor league opportunity represents not just a means to an end but an adventure in its own right. Just about any minor leaguer, of course, will permit himself to daydream about climbing the successive rungs of the ladder in front of him. Still, some do so with an awareness that their participation in the minor leagues offers them a chance to delay the start of whatever is to follow.

“The Pharmacist” is one such player.

“It’s tough not to daydream. But the big thing about daydreaming is you lose sense of where you are when you dream a little bit too much,” said pitcher Durin O’Linger on Thursday, at the conclusion of his first pro summer with the short-season Lowell Spinners. “Obviously, the goal is to make it all the way with the Boston Red Sox, but the big thing I did over the past two months is really enjoy where I am, because none of this was supposed to happen for me.

O’Linger— a 5-foot-10-inch righthander from liberal arts Davidson College — emerged as something of a national phenomenon at the end of his college career, and he did so with no expectation of a professional future. The redshirt senior had emerged as the anchor of Davidson’s pitching staff, but with a fastball that typically sat at 84-87 miles per hour and a modest slider and changeup, there was nothing to suggest that his career would extend beyond the end of the college season in June.


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