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Roy Oswalt throws bullpen session, could make rehab start next week

Jul 19, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

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Roy Oswalt threw approximately 50 pitches in a bullpen session before tonight’s game against the Cubs and told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s optimistic his back issue is finally behind him.

“I actually felt great,” Oswalt said. “Probably felt as good as I did in spring training.”

Oswalt hasn’t pitched since leaving a start against the Cardinals on June 23, but his back issue has followed him since his third start of the season. He received a cortisone injection in his back in late-April to little effect, but said today that he is pain-free after he received another injection two days before the All-Star break.

The tentative plan is for Oswalt to throw another bullpen session Friday, which could clear the way for him to make a minor league rehab start next week. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Phillies’ rotation in early August.

Oswalt, 33, is 4-6 with a 3.79 ERA and 42/18 K/BB ratio over 13 starts this season. He has averaged a career-low 5.30 K/9 and 91.2 mph on his fastball, though his back has undoubtedly affected his performance.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Well, that’s good news. Just get something done about it in the offseason, Royling. A spark plug helped with your shoulder, didn’t it? Jus’ sayin’ is all….

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Keep him off that damn tractor and he will be fine. If you read the original article over on he got an injection in his back right before he had to leave the team. If his back was bothering him to the point where he needed an injection, why in the hell was he riding around on that giant tractor for a week?

    • bleedgreen - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:02 AM

      More importantly, why did he tell them that his back was OK… twice…. and that he could pitch fine, only to then go out and throw abortions of games and then claim that his back was never fine in the first place?

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    If he comes back he will make 3 so so starts and end right back on the DL, stick a fork in this guy he’s done

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