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Roy Oswalt thinks he’ll be ready to join the Rangers within a month

May 30, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Roy Oswalt held a conference call with Rangers reporters today and said he expects to be ready to join the rotation after just four minor-league starts, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday at Triple-A.

While deciding which team to sign with Oswalt was throwing regularly at his home in Mississippi and feels stretched out enough for 85 pitches, but he’ll start off slow with 50-60 pitches in his first outing.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram charted out Oswalt’s expected timetable and, if things go according to the 34-year-old right-hander’s plan, he’d be ready to step into the Rangers’ rotation during an interleague series versus the Rockies that begins on June 22.

Assuming he stays healthy and his recurring back problems aren’t an issue that would leave time for Oswalt to make approximately 17-18 starts, for which he’ll be paid $5 million and can earn an additional $1 million in incentives.

  1. illcomm - May 30, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Too soon. the guy is only good for 130 innings. 18 starts and he won’t be available for the playoffs.

    • paperlions - May 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Oswalt’s career low in IP was 127 all the way back in 2003. Since then, the only time he’s been below 180 IP was last year.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - May 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    With this short “spring training” regardless of the fact that he’s been throwing the whole time, I have a feeling he’s either going to end up hurt of be mostly ineffective this season.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Picked him up in my fantasy leagues. Hoping for good things.

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