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Oswalt hopeful he won't miss a start

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The Phillies' star-studded rotation suffered a scare on Friday, when Roy Oswalt was escorted off the mound with a trainer. But Oswalt, who had back spasms, improved in the two days that followed.

Oswalt will throw his usual, in between-starts, bullpen session prior to Monday's game with the Milwaukee Brewers with an eye on staying on rotation. He's tentatively on tap to pitch Thursday in San Diego.

"I should be able to make it," Oswalt said. "(Saturday) I was a little sore, but (Sunday) it feels better than it did."

Oswalt said he exited his last start in part for precautionary reasons -- the game was played in frosty temperatures on Friday. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said his confidence level was "very high" that Oswalt would be able to pitch Thursday.

"The last few days, he's been much improved," Dubee said.

Oswalt has had problems with his back before, including in September 2009, when he was placed on the disabled list. But it's also worth noting that it hasn't affected his durability: Oswalt has made 30 or more starts in seven straight seasons.

"It sounds like the back issue before was a different thing," Dubee said. "This was more of a spasm higher up than really the back issue that he had in previous years."

Oswalt will know for sure if it's just a blip on the radar or something more after throwing in a bullpen session on Monday.

"You're not able to tell a lot walking around, but it feels all right," Oswalt said Sunday."

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