Aug 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT
Roy Oswalt made his second rehab start yesterday, throwing six innings of two-run ball at Triple-A, and afterward declared himself ready to return from the disabled list.
Oswalt has been out since June 24 with a lower back injury, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that his fastball was clocked in the low-90s yesterday and he threw 61 of 90 pitches for strikes.
He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday and, if all goes well, will likely rejoin the Phillies’ rotation Saturday or Sunday against the Giants.
Oswalt told Hagen that his back “feels great” and “I don’t have any more pain,” which is quite a change from the initial fears that the injury might motivate him to retire at age 33.
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