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Roy Oswalt pulled in 2nd inning due to strained left hamstring

Jul 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

Roy Oswalt AP

Rockies starter Roy Oswalt had to leave in the second inning of this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks after straining his left hamstring covering home plate after throwing a wild pitch. Eric Chavez scored on the play, giving the Diamondbacks their first run of the game. Edgmer Escalona relieved Oswalt but gave up three runs in the third.

The Rockies had signed Oswalt to a Minor League deal on May 2, paying him a salary of $2.3 million if he made it back to the Majors. After five starts with Double-A Tulsa, with whom he posted a 2.16 ERA in 33.1 innings, the Rockies promoted Oswalt and had him make his season debut on June 20. In his three starts entering this afternoon, he had surrendered 14 runs in 16 innings.

  1. aceshigh11 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM


  2. pisano - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Who could have ever thought this would happen? go figure.

  3. thebadguyswon - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    This clown has to make up his mind if he wants to pitch or not. Next year, he won’t be able to skip the first two months and then just decide to come back.

  4. zurnvs - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    How is that 2.6 mill salary working out. 14 runs in 16 innings, pitiful. And now he is broken.

  5. areyesrn - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    getting old sucks…at least it’s not his back this time..

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      It really sucks when 36 years old considered “getting old”, seeing as how I’m only one year younger than Oswalt.

      I know it’s within the context of pro sports, but it still stings…

      • straightouttavtown - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        It’s not that 36 is old. It’s that pitchers in this era are fragile. Even Steve Carlton was still dealing at age 36. So were Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Gaylord Perry, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Kenny Rogers, Tim Wakefield, Jamie Moyer, David Wells, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, etc.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

        That is true, and I’m not sure why pitchers appear more fragile now than they used to.

        Perhaps pitchers nowadays start throwing harder and using more violent arm motions at earlier ages (middle, high school) than they used to.

        If they’ve employed poor mechanics that were never properly addressed by their coaches as teenagers, by the time they get to the majors they’ve already put more “mileage” on their arms than pitchers of previous eras.

        Or perhaps pitchers are babied too much, with managers relying on pitch counts. Maybe pitchers should just be allowed to pitch in games as long as they feel good, 120 or 130 pitches be damned.

        But back to the original point…36 IS considered “old” when it comes to pro sports. You’re considered on the down slope of your career at that age.

  6. abaird2012 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    “… straining his left hamstring covering home plate after throwing a wild pitch …” — is Roy starting to remind anybody else of Joe Shlabotnik?

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