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Oswalt not ready to come off DL

Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 5:27 pm
By Matt Snyder

Roy Oswalt is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, but that's not going to happen. While he's said to be progressing from a back injury, "he probably is not going to be ready for the weekend," general manager Ruben Amaro said. ( )

Oswalt threw a bullpen session Sunday and will give it another go Tuesday. The turn in the rotation that is missing Oswalt comes up Saturday. Joe Blanton will be activated from the disabled list and start Monday night. Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley are the candidates to get the nod there. Kendrick worked five scoreless innings Saturday to pick up the win against the Braves and Worley (2-0, 0.75) has been brilliant in Blanton's absence. So there's really no reason to rush Oswalt back -- especially since he's 33 and dealt with several back issues in the past.

UPDATE: Todd Zolecki of reports the Phillies are shooting for a week from Tuesday for Oswalt to rejoin the rotation. He will make a rehab start Thursday, reports David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal .

Oswalt initially tweaked his back in a start against Florida on April 15, but he was healthy in his next outing in a win over the Padres. His most recent start, April 26 against the Diamondbacks, was his worst in a long time, as he gave up six hits and five runs in three innings. He was likely distracted, though, as he immediately departed after the game to tend to his family for about a week and a half in tornado-ravaged Mississippi. Upon return from his leave, he threw a bullpen session and that's when the back flared up again.

Fortunately for the pitching-rich Phillies, Worley or Kendrick are fine stop-gaps while Oswalt works himself back into shape.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:57 pm

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

Acceptable site! Write-up certainly like what it is painless in my small attention and the information might be the proper way submitted.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:27 pm

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

I hear ya Cuse-dude... anybody would have some level of success w/ that pitching staff; but Charlie does deserve a lot of credit.  The Phils have like 2 hits from the catcher position in 2.5 weeks since Ruiz out; the bullpen decimated; no Utley, etc.  There's a lot to be said about great leadership (of a team or of a CEO or whatever) and gaining the respect and loyalty of the people under you.  And the players absolutely adore him.  He is fiercely loyal (look at the Lidge situation last year when he had a 7+ ERA most of the year; Charlie stuck w/ him knowing he was battling injuries while fans were calling for Lidge's head--then in August and Sept, Lidge had a sub 1 ERA and got his sh!t together... look at this year w/ Ibanez and his 0-35 slump -- Charlie stuck w/ him).  Werth's comments when Nats played Phils recently were glowing comments about Charlie and him being a mentor and how loyal and great he is.  That sort of thing is immeasurable and it's an intangible; but I do believe there's a huge positive mental effect on the players that translates to confidence (and if you've played baseball or any sport -- confidence is HUGE.  Also, I think Charlie had at least a little to do with why Cliff Lee chose to play in Philly for approx $35 million less than the Yanks offered him.  Charlie does make some good moves/decisions in the games.
But, in the end, the players make it happen and the Phils front office deserves credit for getting good players -- no doubt.  And, like you, I'm skeptical the Phils can remain in first by the end of the month without Oswalt, Ruiz, Utley, Contreras, etc.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:47 am

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

Another problem, Patty?  This isn't the NFL or the NBA.  If they release him, they'd still have to pay his salary--unless they could show that his back would be all right if he hadn't gone to Mississippi, and good luck with proving that. 
So, do you REALLY want the club to throw away all that money and cramp their salary structure, making it harder for them to bring in other players?  Or would you rather just see what happens with Oswalt?  He's had the back problems before and come back from them.  No real reason to assume he won't again.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:35 am

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

a testament to charlie? c'mon now. I could coach that team to the same record with those stud pitchers. Although I seriouslly doubt they will be in first at month ends given there schedule and the oswalt injury.  

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:12 am

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

Phils great record is a testament to Charlie and the great pitching and timely hitting; however, looking at the schedule, there are lots of wins over teams w/ losing records (4-game sweep of Padres and wins over Mets, Astros, Nats).  The rest of May we'll see what the banged up Phils are made of w/ road series in FL, Atl, and against 1st or 2nd place teams Colo, Stl, TX, Cinci.  Hopefully .500 ball or better.  But, hey, that's what great teams are supposed to do -- feast on the bad teams and then play a little better than .500 ball against the best teams to make the playoffs.  Then playoffs are a crapshoot every year.  Hopefully Phils' pitching and hitting can get hot in October like the Giants last year.  So rarely does the best record in baseball win the WS anymore.  Phils didn't last year and Phils weren't best team when we won in a few years ago.  I know wildcard makes Sept more interesting for lots of cities keeping teams "in the race"; but I think there are too many teams in the playoffs -- I like the old days with 4 teams.  Better chance that the best and most deserving teams win the WS.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:42 am

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

Patty2 = MORON, First Class

His back was giving him problems for many years and more specifically, BEFORE he left to TAKE CARE OF HIS FAMILY!

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:21 am

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

Wow "Patty", you really are ignorant, as usual. Yes, he did have tornadoes in his family's area, and he was rightfully worried by them. Just the year before his parents house had gotten badly damaged, and I'm certain that it was weighing on him.  Family is more important to him than baseball, and rightfully so.  Go back to bashing Brad Lidge like you usually do. Matt.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:40 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:26 pm

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

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Since: Sep 7, 2008
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Oswalt not ready to come off DL

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