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Carlos Ruiz says Roy Oswalt’s fastball “had no life” Thursday

May 12, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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Roy Oswalt allowed three runs on seven hits during a rough seven-inning rehab start Thursday night for Single-A Clearwater then dipped out of the minor league clubhouse before chatting with reporters.

Why the rush? This tweet from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer might explain it:

[Carlos] Ruiz said Oswalt’s fastball had no life for most of the start. Off by about 4 mph in general.

Gelb then spoke with a scout, who confirmed that Oswalt did not have his normal fastball velocity. The 33-year-old veteran regularly hits 93 MPH when he’s at his best, but was clocking in between 88-90 MPH on Thursday evening in Florida.

The Phillies were hoping to activate Oswalt from the disabled list in time for a Tuesday night matchup with the Cardinals, but the poor radar gun numbers could certainly lead to a reassessment of that plan.

Oswalt has been sidelined since the last week of April with lower back inflammation. He had a 3.33 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 21/7 K/BB ratio over his first five starts of the 2011 regular season.

  1. cup0pizza - May 13, 2011 at 2:59 AM


    • Utley's Hair - May 13, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      Wow…rejoicing in someone’s injury. Stay classy. Here’s hoping you get some serious heartburn from that cup0pizza. Putz.

  2. bleedgreen - May 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    As a Phils fan, I’m kind of peeved with Oswalt. Lifted from the fish game with a back issue. OK, no one faults you for that. You then tell everyone you’re OK. No issues at all. Then you go out and throw that abortion against the Padres. Then you leave the club house without talking to anyone and not saying anything to go home to Mississippi to ‘Help his family out’. OK Roy, first of all, if theres all kinds of storms and tornadoes, why wouldn’t you get your family OUT of Mississippi? OK then you show up 10 days later… and NOW your back is still hurt and ‘never got any better’? C’mon. If your back was hurt, was it really a wise decision to go ride an excavator for 10 days? Wouldn’t it have been easier to pay other people to do that for you?

    Again, no one faults you for having a hurt back. Its the way you’ve gone about it by denying it was still hurt, then pitched and pitched poorly, then ran away, did hard work, then came back and said its still hurt that upsets people.

    • cooptroop08 - May 13, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      Don’t be annoyed with Roy. He felt it was necessary to go help his family and nobody should judge him on that. That’s his business. I do agree with you that if he’s not 100% he should be disclosing that to the team so they can do whatever they can to get him healthy again. Even if that means shutting him down for a few weeks or so. It’s only May and we’re in first place. It wouldn’t be the worst thing if that had to happen.

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