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Roy Oswalt moving from Triple-A to Double-A for next start

Jun 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Roy Oswalt‘s second minor-league start involved giving up a grand slam to Royals stud prospect Wil Myers on the way to allowing five runs in four innings at Triple-A.

He’ll move down a level to Double-A for his third tune-up outing tomorrow night and if things go well he could be on the verge of joining the Rangers’ rotation, especially with Derek Holland on the disabled list and fill-in Alexi Ogando now sidelined by a groin injury.

When he signed with the Rangers last month Oswalt indicated that he’d likely need four starts in the minors to get ready, but if Ogando joins Holland and Neftali Feliz on the DL the Rangers may be tempted to push up that timetable a bit.

  1. euie48 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    He goes from T-A to D-A and is now ready for the show? Explain?

    • CJ - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      happens all the time. Star players rehab according to most team’s minor league home schedules Easy. For two reasons:

      1) reduces unnecessary travel
      2) shares the boost attendance and revenue across multiple teams in the Ranger’s system

      This has far more to do with money and convenience than it does the level of competition or even Oswalt’s getting knocked around last week. Then, he was most likely treating it like a ST game and sharpening a specific pitch or trying something a little different. For example, if he was working on refining a curve, after he throws it 22 times in the first 2 innings, even an AAA guy can figure out to sit on it and smash the thing next time. It’s not like Oswalt’s trying to pitch a no-hitter or anything. It’s far more to his benefit to refine and sharpen his arsenal than it is to try to strikeout a bunch of overmatched kids.

      • psuravens19 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        Well said… the O’s just did the same thing Brian Roberts.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        Wait, Brian Roberts is working on his curve ball? I thought his slider was a little off last time.

      • CJ - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        very true ravens…in Roberts’ case it makes even more sense: reducing travel also increase’s an injured player’s ability to stay on a regimented training schedule without it being interrupted by bus trips, etc. Of course that doesn’t apply quite so much in Oswalt’s situation since he isn’t hurt, so I didn’t mention it initially.

        It’s also easier for the big league club to send the GM or whoever to keep an eye on him if the AA team is somewhat local. Especially in this case where they have to make a tough decision whether to bring him up a week early or not because they’re so thin in the rotation right now

    • number42is1 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      So let me understand this… he’s behind the rest of the class and hes going to catch up by going slower? COO-COO!

      • CJ - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        yeah, because the yankees always rehab their stars in AAA because it’s the better competition as opposed to in AA Trenton which is closer to their team’s headquarters.

        Wait, did I say always? I meant pretty much never. Where did Jeter rehab last year? Trenton. Where is Robertson rehabbing this week? Trenton.

        But I guess you’ll just spout off that the Yankees are smart for doing this because, well, they’re the Yankees, but the Rangers are stupid for doing the same exact thing, because, well, they aren’t the Yankees. And I’d expect nothing less from you.

      • number42is1 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        or…. you know… you can not be such an ass… w/e

        Bart: Let me get this straight: we’re behind the rest of our class and we’re going to catch up to them by going slower than they are? Coo Coo!
        [rest of the class starts mindlessly chanting “Coo coo!”, forcing the teacher to individually snap them out of it]

      • CJ - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        that was the worst attempt at a Simpson’s reference I’ve seen in quite a while. Sorry I missed it. But like any joke, if you have to resort to explaining it, it wasn’t funny.

      • number42is1 - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        yea it was probably me not you…

  2. sportsguygerald - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    It’s not the competition, but Round Rock went on the road and Frisco is playing at home. Frisk happens to be about 20 miles from Arlington. The Rangers have a homestand this week and he can use the Rangers facilities for the between starts regimen as well as the staff monitoring the start. He needs to get his arm stretched out more than anything and throwing pitches to AA hitters is no different than throwing to AAA hitters.

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