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Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:38 pm
By Matt Snyder

Fans in Clearwater, Florida Thursday night were treated to seeing three major-league players in a Class-A game, as the rehabbing Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Oswalt all took the field for the Threshers. While Utley homered and Ruiz proved he was ready to be taken off the disabled list -- which is expected to happen Friday in time for the Phillies' series against the Braves -- Oswalt struggled through his five innings. He gave up seven hits and three earned runs. He did strike out five, but, again, this was against Class-A hitters.

Oswalt, 33, reportedly had no "zip" on his fastball, as it hovered between 88 and 90 m.p.h. through most of the night (it usually averages around 93).

"It was a struggle in the first couple of innings," Ruiz said of Oswalt's fastball ( Oswalt himself reportedly departed from the locker room quickly and didn't talk to reporters.

Oswalt was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for the Phillies, but it's possible the Phillies change course and give him at least one more rehab start to get things figured out. They do have some serviceable alternative options, including Vance Worley, who has a 1.20 ERA in 15 major-league innings so far this season.

UPDATE: Multiple Phillies outlets are reporting that Oswalt will throw a bullpen session Sunday and is still expected to start for Philadelphia Tuesday.

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Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:43 pm

Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

The Phillies have a lot of muscle coming back if they get healthy, Dom Brown, Oswalt, Utley...

It's scary how well that team is built.  They still have some players in the minors as well.  I think Amaro has done an excellent job.

If you want to build your own team, try this out, I pretend to be Amaro here ...

It is free to try, so no harm.

Anyhow Phils are well built.  A good model

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:19 pm

Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

I can not see the Philly's rushing Roy Oswalt or Chase Utley back to soon. Both players are all-star caliber players Oswalt has been worn down come end of season and playoff time. I do not think they are hurting the team the Philly's have a good team. Sure he's rusty throwing 88 and 90 mph he gets a couple more rehab starts and he will be fine.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 2:34 pm

Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

I look at it this way....there is no rush to get him back in the line up.  You need a healthy Roy Oswalt for the post season run and playoffs.  Having Joe Blanton and Vance Worley as your #4 and #5 isThe  not too bad.  They are better than most of the leagues pitchers at that spot.  Get him healthy and ready for the 2nd half of the season.  The Phillies knew last season that he had back problems.   The key with this line up is keeping it healthy for the right time of year. 

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:05 pm

Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

Doesn't make a difference??? Wow what a stupid ignorant comment. There's a HUGE difference from having 3 aces and 4 aces...yeah he's the phillies 3rd starter, but put him on most teams than where is he on the rotation?? He's undefeated at home with the phillies since last year, and he's only had 2 losses all together since last year. By the way one loss was due to his head not being in the game due to his family and the tornado disaster. If he's clear minded and pitching like he was, he's just another pitcher other teams have to worry about. Vance Worley pitched great so far, but you really think hitters are gonna be afraid of a rookie? 

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:53 pm

Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

They weren't going to pick up the option anyway and these injuries just make it more clear.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:46 pm

Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

this shouldn't be a headline....oswalt is a #3 or #4 starter...he isnt going to make a difference when you have haliday, lee and hamels on the staff....he will only make a difference if one of those guys gets injured...

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:33 am

Oswalt struggles, lacks velocity in rehab outing

I sure hope Oz can get back to his normal self.  I have confidence he can, but if he can't, I don't know if the Phillies exercise the option for 2012 (I had my doubts even without this).  That'll be about 14mil off the books.

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