Tag:Roy Oswalt
Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:38 pm

Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

By Matt Snyder

Fans in Clearwater, Florida Thursday night were treated to seeing three major-league players in a Class-A game, as the rehabbing Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Oswalt all took the field for the Threshers. While Utley homered and Ruiz proved he was ready to be taken off the disabled list -- which is expected to happen Friday in time for the Phillies' series against the Braves -- Oswalt struggled through his five innings. He gave up seven hits and three earned runs. He did strike out five, but, again, this was against Class-A hitters.

Oswalt, 33, reportedly had no "zip" on his fastball, as it hovered between 88 and 90 m.p.h. through most of the night (it usually averages around 93).

"It was a struggle in the first couple of innings," Ruiz said of Oswalt's fastball (Philly.com). Oswalt himself reportedly departed from the locker room quickly and didn't talk to reporters.

Oswalt was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for the Phillies, but it's possible the Phillies change course and give him at least one more rehab start to get things figured out. They do have some serviceable alternative options, including Vance Worley, who has a 1.20 ERA in 15 major-league innings so far this season.

UPDATE: Multiple Phillies outlets are reporting that Oswalt will throw a bullpen session Sunday and is still expected to start for Philadelphia Tuesday.

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

Oswalt not ready to come off DL

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. (Philly.com )

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 MLB.com 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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Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 7:22 pm

Oswalt back with Phillies, but might be DL-bound

By Matt Snyder

Roy Oswalt returned to the Phillies Thursday after a leave of absence to tend to his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi. He threw a bullpen session to try and work back into shape and initially said it went well. Friday, however, CSNPhilly.com is reporting that Oswalt's back is sore and he appears headed to the disabled list. Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday as the Phillies shuffle things around.

Oswalt did leave a start earlier in the season with a back injury, but made his next start on time and appeared to be fully healthy. He was completely ineffective in his last start -- a three-inning, five-run outing on April 26 -- but it seemed like that was due to being distracted about his family's safety.

He hadn't thrown or worked out at all while being gone for over a week, so it's possible the back tightened up and wasn't in good enough shape to get back on the mound. This isn't anything new on Oswalt's career, as he's had several back issues over the years. Still, he's been durable enough to make at least 30 starts the past seven years.

Oswalt, 33, is 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27 innings this season.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 10:28 am

Pepper: Streaking Ethier, struggling arms

By Matt Snyder
Baseball Today: Can Andre Ethier extend his hitting streak to 28 games? Will Madison Bumgarner and Clay Buchholz get back on track tonight? Tom Boorstein of MLB.com joins Lauren Shehadi with the latest.

Padres PAYROLL TO RISE: The San Diego Padres have been one of the teams in the majors unable to re-up with stud veteran players in recent years (Adrian Gonzalez is the latest example, as he was traded with the writing on the wall in terms of an extension), but things may change slightly in the near future. With a new TV deal on the horizon, CEO Jeff Moorad said Sunday a new deal would have a "direct impact" on player salaries, increasing the payroll by as much as 20 percent. (Sign on San Diego )

ON OSWALT: Roy Oswalt is tending to his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi and won't make it back for his previously scheduled start on Tuesday. Instead, he's likely to rejoin the team Thursday and start Saturday. (MLB.com ) In related matters, ESPN's Buster Olney noted Sunday night that he felt Oswalt -- among players with whom he's ever conversed -- is the most likely to leave baseball whenever he felt it necessary. I know a few years back Oswalt was a guy who had talked more than once about an early retirement. It's an interesting discussion in which there is no right answer, but he simply may be a guy who holds personal matters closer than his profession.

FICKLE FELIZ: Sunday, USA Today reported that Neftali Feliz said he wanted to close for the rest of his career -- and didn't want to deal with trying to stretch out as a starter. Later Sunday, however, he backtracked a bit, saying: "At the end of the year, we'll talk about it again." This shouldn't be a shock, as Feliz is young, emotional and has changed his mind on this specific issue before. (MLB.com )

SEND HIM A VALENTINE: Apparently Jose Reyes owes his ability to switch-hit with effectiveness to former manager Bobby Valentine. Reportedly, before Sunday night's game against the Phillies, Valentine told Mets manager Terry Collins, "in case anyone asks, I made him into a switch-hitter." It sounds a bit pompous on the surface, but it's evidently true, because Reyes backed him up. Sure, Reyes was already a switch-hitter, but he was awful from the left side until Valentine worked with him. “At that time it was still kind of new to me and I was struggling from the left side,” Reyes said. “I didn’t have any confidence, but Bobby helped me a lot. He really worked with me and it made a huge difference for me.” (New York Times )

A NEW CLUBHOUSE RECORD: Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello devoured 14 cheesesteaks during the weekend series in Philadelphia, setting a record for the visitors' clubhouse. Not shockingly, the previous record-holder was the robust Dmitri Young. (ESPN New York )

VERNON'S PICKLE: I didn't catch the go-ahead run in the Angels-Rays game Sunday (I watch as much as I can, but you can only toggle so much effectively -- stuff is bound to get missed), but I repeatedly saw on Twitter and in my Google Reader how Vernon Wells was the hero for his savvy baserunning display. It's interesting, all he really did was get caught in a rundown. (MLB.com ) I've defended Wells in the past against home fans booing him, but this is a bit hard to understand. It would have been lazy and, frankly, stupid if he didn't avoid the initial tag. It's probably just a case of a guy struggling and local writers/fans just wanting to praise him for anything positive. And I won't blame anyone for that.

The Pirates have been maligned for the better part of the last 20 years for not holding any quality players through free agency, coughing most up via trade. Andrew McCutchen has the potential to be a superstar and there is talk he might get a long-term contract. In fact, he said, "I'm willing to be here for my whole career." (Post-Gazette ) He won't be eligible for free agency until 2016, but this is a nice movement to see. I'm no Pirates fan, but it's not good for the game as a whole if any clubs are unable to keep any quality players.

DAY OR NIGHT? "The Decider" in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch poses the question, would you rather attend a baseball game during the day or at night? There are bound to be different answers for different circumstances -- for example, he points out that in St. Louis, humidity during the day in the middle of the summer is just brutal -- so the answers will most certainly vary. For me, being a Cubs fan, I will always choose day over night. There's just something about the sun shining over a 1:20 game that cannot be duplicated at night.

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Posted on: April 28, 2011 8:21 pm

Big leaguers dealing with storm's aftermath

By C. Trent Rosecrans

David RobertsonYankees reliever David Robertson is apparently not much different than I am -- both of us spent a good amount of the last 24 hours watching YouTube videos and looking at newspaper photo galleries of the devastation in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Robertson is a native of Tuscaloosa, while I lived there less than a year. But still, it's scary to see a place you know absolutely destroyed. Robertson said his family, which still lives in Tuscaloosa, is fine.

"For me, I pretty much know the whole town," Robertson told the Star-Ledger. "And I was looking, looking, looking through the photos trying to see something I recognize and there was nothing there. There were little things that I could recognize and that was it."

Robertson said he left Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night not knowing exactly what happened. But when he got home and turned on the TV, he learned more.

Tigers catcher Alex Avila played baseball at Alabama and called friends he knew in Tuscaloosa last night and was amazed by what he was told.

"My friend who works with the baseball team there, R.J., rode out the storm in the baseball stadium -- which didn't get hit," Avila told the Detroit News. "He said everyone with the team is fine -- we know many of the same people -- but a lot of guys lost their homes and their cars.

"One of the players rode it out in a house a teammate of mine used to rent. He was in a bathtub with a mattress over his head.

"All that was left after the storm was the foundation of the house and the bathtub. If he had gone to the other bathroom in the house, who knows what would have happened?"

Avila said the house he used to rent was destroyed. Based on what I've seen, I'm just assuming the same about my old house.

Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt took a leave of absence to be with his family in Mississippi after a tornado went by his house. The Philadelphia Daily News' David Murphy reports Oswalt's kids were with his grandparents when a tornado went near his house. Oswalt's children and grandparents rode out the storm in a tornado shelter and are fine. Oswalt's house wasn't damaged, but "suffered extensive property damage."

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:17 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 3:10 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

By Matt Snyder

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has left his team due to personal reasons, it was revealed early Wednesday afternoon. Amidst questions and speculation, the Phillies public relations department released a statement to let everyone know why Oswalt left. It reads as follows:

“There has been a tremendous amount of tornado activity near Roy’s home in Mississippi resulting in several tragic deaths and significant devastation to the area. Because of this, Roy is concerned about his family’s well-being. He has chosen to take time to make sure there wasn’t significant damage to his home, but more importantly, to make certain that his wife and children are okay. It is almost a year to the day that his parents’ home was destroyed by a tornado which has heightened his concern about the current situation. We are hopeful that he will rejoin the team for his next start, but will take that day by day.”

Oswalt may have been distracted during his Tuesday night outing, and it's hard to blame him. CSNPhilly.com is reporting that Oswalt was alone with his cell phone in the dugout for a "long period of time" and appeared to be "reading and sending messages" just hours before the game against Arizona began. Then, after the game, Oswalt left before the clubhouse was open to reporters, a rarity for a standup guy like Oswalt. He took his first loss of the 2011 season (3-1) with a three-inning outing. He lasted only three innings, allowing six hits, five earned runs and a walk with no strikeouts. It ballooned his ERA up to 3.33 from 1.88.

Oswalt, 33, is a three-time All-Star who went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA for the Phillies last season after coming over in a trade from the Astros. He had previously spent his entire career with Houston. A few starts back, he left early with a back injury, but the Phillies have reiterated he's completely healthy and the leave is purely for family purposes.

General manager Ruben Amaro noted the Phillies expect Oswalt back before his next scheduled start, which is Tuesday. (CSNPhilly.com )

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:40 am

3 up, 3 down: Floyd stymies Yankees


By Evan Brunell

3 UP

Gavin Floyd, White Sox -- Floyd was masterful against the Yankees, pitching eight innings (he departed the game after giving up a single to lead off the ninth), while whiffing 10 and allowing just two runs in a win. Floyd now has a 3.60 ERA as the 28-year-old has proven himself to be a valuable -- and extremely consistent -- pitcher for Chicago after flaming out of Philadelphia. He could be poised to make a leap this year and has the Orioles next on the docket.

Adam Lind, Blue Jays -- Lind showed the Rangers what's what by bashing two home runs on a 3-for-5 outing, tallying up five RBI. It's more of the same for Toronto against Texas, as Anthony Andro noted on Twitter, given the Jays have cranked a staggering 31 home runs against Texas in the last 13 matchups. That's an insane number. It may be the breakout performance needed for Lind to get going; he has the potential to hit well over 30 home runs for the Jays but was off to a slow start before Tuesday's fireworks.

Daniel Descalso, Cardinals -- The backup infielder has gotten some additional time lately thanks to the Skip Schumaker injury and David Freese sitting out a couple of games. His offensive slash lines were rather poor, but got a boost Tuesday thanks to a 3-for-3 night with a double, triple and three RBI. He also tacked on a walk for a night that will certainly earn him a bit more playing time over Tyler Greene moving forward.


Aaron Harang, Padres -- Harang was part of the featured matchup On Deck earlier Tuesday as he was going for his NL-leading fifth victory. Instead, he gave up eight runs in six innings to the slumping Braves. Harang should still benefit greatly from playing in Petco Park, but being 4-0 with an 0.88 ERA just begged for a radical fix. Now, Harang has a more believable 3.90 ERA that he should hover around all year.

Brandon McCarthy, Athletics -- OK, so maybe the Athletics didn't make out like bandits with McCarthy. Having impressed out of the No. 5 spot up until Tuesday, McCarthy was due for a course correction and got it by coughing up seven runs and 14 hits against the Angels in just 5 1/3 innings. McCarthy got dinked to death with eight singles and did not give up a home run. It remains to be seen whether this is an aberration or the regression everyone has been waiting for. History suggests the latter.

Roy Oswalt, Phillies -- Oswalt got bombed Tuesday, coughing up five runs in three innings to the Diamondbacks. The right-hander has struggled with back spasms, but reports after the game indicated that his back was not bothering him. What's with the performance, then? An interesting twist is that Oswalt, usually accessible, left the stadium without talking to reporters, much to the surprise of Phillies media writers, some of whom wondered if something was up to cause Oswalt to depart quickly. He'll certainly have some questions awaiting him tomorrow.

HONORABLE MENTION: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays -- Cecil was demoted by Toronto after showing poor velocity and getting knocked around. It was good timing for Toronto to demote him, as he was burned for 11 runs 4 1/3 innings in his first start for Triple-A. Clearly, there's something not right.

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 5:42 pm

Oswalt should be ready for Thursday's start

By Matt Snyder

Roy Oswalt, one of the members of the vaunted Phillies' starting rotation, was forced to leave his start early this past Friday with a lower back strain. He suffered the mild injury while running the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning and was unable to pitch in the seventh.

It appears he won't, however, be forced to miss any starts. Next schedule to pitch Thursday, Oswalt threw a bullpen Monday and felt good enough Tuesday to "flash a thumbs up" to reporters when asked if he was on track to start Thursday. (CSNPhilly via Twitter)

Oswalt, 33, has battled back issues in the past, but has never missed significant time. He's made at least 30 starts for seven straight seasons. Thus far in 2011, he's 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 14 strikeouts in 18 innings.

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