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Roy Oswalt throws six innings, 100 pitches in fourth minor league start

Jun 18, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

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Roy Oswalt has been shaky at times while building up his arm strength in the minors, but yesterday the 34-year-old right-hander threw six innings and stretched out to 100 pitches at Triple-A.

Making his fourth tune-up start since signing with the Rangers late last month, Oswalt allowed two runs on six hits–including just one extra-base hit–and struck out five and walking one.

At the time of the signing Oswalt said he’d be ready to join the Rangers’ rotation after four starts and he’s posted a solid 13/4 K/BB ratio in 15 innings, but has also allowed opponents to hit .308 while allowing 10 runs in those 15 frames.

Oswalt isn’t exactly banging down the door to the majors, but with Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, and Alexi Ogando all on the disabled list and Scott Feldman not getting the job done as a fill-in starter the Rangers may decide he’s already their best option.

  1. berseliusx - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    For what it’s worth, Round Rock is a AAA team, not a AA one.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Remember how in spring training, we all said that the stats don’t matter because winning the game is not really the most important thing, guys are working on stuff etc? I would imagine that goes triple for Oswalt right now. He is just getting himself into shape, and he is facing hitters who have been playing baseball for several months already. I’d throw the results out the window and observe that he threw 100 pitches and felt good after as the important facts.

  3. spudatx - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I was at this game. Oswalt clearly isn’t anywhere near mid-season form, but he did have a wicked change-up at his disposal and showed his experience working through a few frustrating at-bats where some of his pitches weren’t locating quite where he wanted them to. I think he’s well on his way to being ready for the Rangers if his arm feels ok this morning.

    (FWIW- I saw THE Armando Galarraga at the park last night too! Wasn’t pitching.)

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