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Roy Oswalt struggles in first start in Minors

May 25, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

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Right-hander Roy Oswalt, signed by the Rockies to a Minor League deal on May 3, battled mechanical issues in his first start with Double-A Tulsa last night. In five innings, Oswalt allowed three runs on three walks and four hits, including two home runs. At least reports had his fastball touching 94 MPH.

MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports that Oswalt’s struggles were due to his faulty mechanics, to be expected for someone who is still working himself into playing shape.

“I want to work on my fastball command,” he told a reporter after the game. “The biggest thing was my mechanics were off. I felt good in the bullpen, but I tried to create too much once I got out there. The three walks that I gave up bother me more than the home runs because when you can’t pitch with your fastball, your other stuff won’t be that good.”

Oswalt will make three or four more starts before the Rockies make a decision on his future with the big league club. Last year, Oswalt made nine starts and eight relief appearances with the Rangers, posting a 5.80 ERA in 59 innings.

  1. Carter Dotson - May 25, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    This is going to end badly unless he agrees to go to the bullpen. He was solid (20:1 K:BB in 12.1 IP) last year. Of course, he was a big baby and didn’t want to.

    • dan1111 - May 26, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      You may be right. However, the Rockies are, surprisingly, in contention so far. I think their best bet of maintaining that is with Oswalt as a long-shot starter rather than a probably-useful reliever. Another decent reliever is not going to make enough of a difference–they need more starting pitching.

  2. historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Well, that makes him Tulsa’s #1 starter then. At least there’s still NWA to beat up on.

  3. jeffa43 - May 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Roy will be ok. This is still extended spring training, no matter how it’s defined. If Roy is hitting 94, by the time he finds his routine he will be effective.

    Roys only problem is his back, if not he would still be winning a lot.

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