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Roy Oswalt has bulging disc, likely out until August

Jun 25, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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Roy Oswalt suggested earlier this week that the back discomfort he’s been experiencing since May could be career-altering. He may been overreacting a bit, but the injury is most definitely serious.

According to ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, Oswalt has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back and is likely to be sidelined until August.

Oswalt, 33, has posted a quality 3.79 ERA in 13 starts this season for Philadelphia and will certainly be missed over the next month-plus. But the National League East-leading Phillies have their eyes on a bigger prize and will play it safe with the veteran starter to ensure that he is healthy for autumn baseball.

Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick are expected to man the Phillies’ vacant rotation spot in the meantime.

  1. dbick - Jun 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    This hurts. Hope we can manage with just halladay, lee and hamels.

    • thomas2727 - Jun 26, 2011 at 12:55 AM

      I would be worried if I were you. The Giants beat Halladay, Lee and Hamels in the playoffs last year.

      • cktai - Jun 26, 2011 at 3:20 AM

        I can tell you that the Phillies fear the repeat performances of the biggest names in those series: Cody Ross, Buster Posey and Edgar Renteria.

      • xmatt0926x - Jun 26, 2011 at 3:34 AM

        Cktasi, dont leave out Burrell. He’s yet another stud that’s going to lead the Giants to the repeat. The 2008 phillies were a good team that got some breaks and played great to get the title. Why do Giants fans insist that they have a juggernaut team that is going to be a dynasty? Be happy with what your team did but wake up. There is nobody in the world other than teenage giants fans who doesn’t understand that the giants snuck in and then had all the breaks in the playoffs. How many games did Conrad Brooks (or whatever his name was) hand to the Giants when they played the braves?

      • dbick - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        lol at the thought of being worried about the giants.

      • purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        Hey! Don’t discount the Giants; the are after all paying Aaron Rowand $12M/year and Miguel Tejada almost $7M/year to hit the stuffings out of the ball you know!!!

      • purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM

        Giants should have never signed over the hill Tejada; instead of rentiing-a-ria, they should have purchased him!

  2. purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    The media helped to keep Oswalt’s real injury under wraps so as to avoid embarrassment; he’s actually suffering from a “Bulging Dick”!!!

  3. spudchukar - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Good to hear the Phillie Phaithful handling the news with their usual panache.

  4. gallaghedj311 - Jun 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Big deal. We have the beat record in baseball. So tired of hearing people complain about injuries and lack of a right handed bat.

    • purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      I posted this way back in spring training, and I was right then and I’m right now!

      The Phillies and Giants should have worked out a Joe Blanton for Aaron Rowand trade, as the Phillies didn’t need Blanton and the Giants didn’t need Rowand, In addition, the remaining money on both of their contracts were close enough to where that could have been worked out too.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 26, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Hey Roy boy, your career is over, take your retirement now buddy boy.

    • purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      Amen! Roy ain’t gonna leave no money on the table though, especially now that he can simply phone it from the golf course nearest his home on from the DL.

      If Roy does decide to hang ‘em up though, being the primma donna that he is, it will have to be on a Wednesday the day after a full moon with no rain in the forecast. You see, Roy won’t do this, won’t do that, won’t go here, won’t go there, etc., etc., etc..

      If you believe that he really does have a bulging disc in his back, all you have to do is to see what that did for Joe Crede’s career to predict the future.

  6. seeingwhatsticks - Jun 26, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    I seem to remember back in the spring saying that it would be almost impossible for the Phillies to keep all four “aces” healthy. Verducci wrote a column about how it never happens and the Philly fans were up in arms about how none of these guys could ever get hurt. I don’t want to say “I told you so” but uhhh….

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:20 AM

      (Weren’t you also the one who said that the San Fran hurlers would be healthy all year? If it wasn’t you, I apologize for accusing you of such a moronic statement, but Jonathan Sanchez seems to have proven that wrong.)

      You might want to take out that definite article in front of the Philly fans you had up there, since not all of us—I seem to spring to mind—are as deluded as to say that the rotation would stay healthy all year. Any player can get hurt at any time doing anything. (Hell, one misstep on the dugout stairs…a screaming liner back to the mound,,,an HBP…an effed up back…) And anybody who says otherwise is full of it.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

        No UT, He was all Like Blah, Blah, Blah, the Giants pitching is way better than the Phillies, Blah, blah, Blabitty, blah, blah.

        Yeah, it’s like amazing that he was able to predict that the oldest rotation in the game would have at least one injury. I’m shocked! He should think about working for Jamie McCourt. He could tell her where she’s going to be getting her money from next. TV Deals, or Parking lots?

  7. purdueman - Jun 27, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    Oswalt is best known for not wearing a cup so that he can wedge a cucumber down his jockey’s on the day that he’s scheduled to pitch.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:20 AM

      You have 1/3 of the first 18 comments on yet another Roy Oswalt thread. Dude, you have a serious problem. It’s unhealthy for you to continue harping on whatever personal affront Roy apparently committed. Get over it. Let it go.

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