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Roy Oswalt’s bad back is giving him problems again

Jul 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Back problems had Roy Oswalt contemplating retirement before he eventually decided to continue pitching and signed with the Rangers, but now he’ll miss at least one start with lower back soreness.

Oswalt was scheduled to start today versus the Red Sox, but instead he’ll be examined by doctors in Houston and Scott Feldman will take his place in the rotation.

For now the Rangers are hopeful that Oswalt will avoid the disabled list and general manager Jon Daniels told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that the team was prepared for this situation when they signed the 34-year-old:

Prior to signing Roy he expressed to us what exactly is happening now. Sometimes this acts up with his lower back. If it’s the same thing he’s had in the past, and he expects it is, he believes he’ll make his next start. We’ve got to wait and see, but that’s our hope at this point.

Oswalt struggled initially upon joining the Rangers’ rotation, but has allowed just one run in back-to-back starts and his 25/6 K/BB ratio in 29 innings overall is very good.

  1. sgtr0c - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Maybe he was doing some back-hoeing again……..

  2. makeham98 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Oswalt has a spine?

  3. Francisco (FC) - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Oz may have run into Bane this weekend. He may want to try the same rope therapy and have an Alec Guiness look-a-like reset his vertebrae.

    • cur68 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Loved that scene. I’m offering the same treatment FREE to anyone with a bulging disk (gonna fun if its bulging anteriorly). Bring your own rope.

  4. chew1985 - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Nobody but nobody but nobody could have seen this coming. Once again, Medicare Roy will collect millions while visiting doctors during the summer.

    I’m sure he hopes it will never end. Next year’s victim??? The Nationals…or maybe the Dodgers.

    • gottagotowork99 - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Actually everyone saw this coming. He was getting nerve blocks before starts two years ago. The Cubs are dumb/terrible enough to take a flyer on Oz in ’13.

  5. pisano - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    And the sky is blue!

  6. gottagotowork99 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    It’s grey when your ceiling is 750 ft.

  7. cintiphil - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    It is easy to make jokes about the guy. Who knows that his motivation was not to play again in the big leagues. I think it is a shame that a guy with this talent is going to end his career like this. He beat the snot of the Reds when he was healthy. I don’t think the money was his motivation at all. I think he just wanted to PLAY BALL again. Another good guy bites the dust in a bad way.

  8. xmatt0926x - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    There are hundreds of thousands of Houston and Philadelphia fans who aren’t exactly surprised by this. At least the Rangers didn’t give up anything but money for him.

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