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Roy Oswalt to rejoin Phillies’ rotation Sunday versus Giants

Aug 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

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Two solid rehab starts convinced the Phillies that Roy Oswalt is ready to return from a six-week back injury, so they’ll activate him from the disabled list for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

Oswalt last pitched on June 23, allowing four runs in two innings, and once he was placed on the DL speculation started about the back problems potentially forcing him into retirement.

Instead his fastball was reportedly clocked in the low-90s during six innings of two-run ball Monday at Triple-A, with Oswalt saying afterward that he “feels great” and is no longer in any pain.

Kyle Kendrick did a very nice job filling in for Oswalt, throwing 40 innings with a 3.15 ERA despite just 20 strikeouts, but he’ll likely be pushed back to the bullpen while Vance Worley remains a starter.

  1. paulsdamnblog - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Glad to see the “gun slinger” back!

  2. ditto65 - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    I thought he retired.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    For heavens sake they are bringing in Lidge to close out the game. I can already feel my pulse quickening.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      Unbelievable. He pitches a 1,2,3 inning. Miracle. Especially with the slop that he throws up there with the lack of a fastball. I do have many thoughts on this game.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

        I would like to hear your thoughts. Care to share?

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM

        Good Doctor,

        Ryan Howard needs to hold onto the ball that he double mishandled. But, he makes it up with a 2 run bomb. He’s trying to be more than perfect with Roy Halladay on the mond pitching.

        Roy Halladay is a machine. He gives up some runs in the early going, but finishes strong. I don’t believe I have ever saw a more resilient pitcher be able to shrug off adversity and just pitch. He is the best pitcher in baseball, period.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

        Halladay is a bulldog, no doubt about it. I don’t think he pitched terribly today. He wasn’t as sharp as usual, but the defense did him no favors. Yeah, Howard compounded his mistake in the field. He is really hammering the ball right now though. People will point to the addition of Pence in the line-up but this and that may play a role but this has been coming since the benching in the Padre series. Lidge looked reasonable closing out the game with Madson away. I’m curious to know when Madson will be back with the team, though.

    • siouxyaya17 - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      Madson’s wife was having a kid so he was unavailable.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:51 PM

        I did not hear that. This explains why he wasn’t out there in the 9th.

  4. dbick - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Phillies have a 7 game lead on the Braves, and now get to replace Kendrick with Oswalt in their rotation. Good luck with the wild card Braves…

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:45 PM

      8 game lead

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    4 starts and roy boy will be right back on the DL for the rest of the season, career, game, set, point, bye bye

    • bjavie - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      And the Phils will still have the best record in baseball.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        so what they play in the worse divison

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