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Phillies place Oswalt on DL

Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 5:13 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Roy OswaltThe Phillies, unsurprisingly, have placed Roy Oswalt on the disabled list with lower back inflammation.

Oswalt left Thursday night's game against the Cardinals after an inning and made some cryptic comments about his future and possible retirement after the game. 

While Oswalt said Thursday night he wasn't getting an MRI until Monday, but it was reported that he'd be examined further on Friday.

Philadelphia recalled right-hander Scott Mathieson, who has appeared in two games for the Phillies this season, allowing five hits in three scoreless innings. Kyle Kendrick will replaced Oswalt in the rotation.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:56 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:35 pm

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 5:06 pm

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

Seems strange to me getting all that money and thinking about retirement...unless his back is really bad, what is his motivation? Does he really not want to complete anymore? Why stay with the Phillies if he doesn't want to compete? Just end his career at the end of last year. I don't see him compaining about the money. So much for the four aces. Maybe Roy Oswalt should have stayed with the Astros.

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:44 am

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

He was talking about retiring before his last full season in Houston, when the back issues started affect his performance.  But his retirement talk wasn't because of his back, he was already losing motivation to compete. 

My guess is that if/when he comes off the DL, he will be used as a releiver.  His back doesn't have the ability to go long innings anymore, and he will retire at the end of the season.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 7:41 am

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

It is fairly obvious he has no interest in being in Philly. Sit him out as long as possible. Maybe August if they can get away with it. Bring him back when his back is good and rested, then maybe he will be motivated by pennant race and playoff run, and auditioning for whoever he will be playing for next year. Or maybe he will retire. Probably has plenty of $$$ and maybe the fire is gone.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:44 am

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

There are all sorts of people out there--many of them not even doctors--who claim to know the answers to back pain that no one else knows--usually without any regard for the cause of the pain.  And they're always ready with some testimonials--carefully collected from people who think the method worked for them--and carefully omitting the people who don't think it worked for them.  Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear--especially when it's the people who claim to know the "secrets" who want your money.

Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:53 pm

Phillies place Oswalt on DL outlines a superbly effective means for treating pain (or really any symptom born of the musculo-skeletal system), mainly through very specific exercises designed to break apart compensation patterns.  Sure, all these diagnoses are real, but they are the result of poor global movement patterns.  Discs degenerate when the pressure exerted on them by the vertebrae is too great (because the muscles in the back are working too hard as a result of a lifetime of compensation/poor movement habits-we ALL have them!!)...eliminate the compensations, and you eliminate the compression, and presto, the discs go back to where they belong, regenerate, and all is right with the world!  We all move because of muscles and bones.  All that is necessary to increase function and eliminate symptoms is better, healthier movement patterns.  Egoscue (named for Pete Egoscue, who figured this out-borrowing and streamlining from all kinds of movement therapies the world over-check out the book 'Pain Free' from your library if you can!) is incredibly helpful, and it's not someone doing to you, it's you using tools (the exercises) that work on your entire body.  Urlacher, Junior Seau, Trevor Hoffman, Mike Sweeney, John Lynch, Justin Tuck-all these guys do Egoscue...maybe Roy-O will too and give the Red Sox some competition in the WS for the next few years!

(sox fan here)

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:39 pm

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

Also, back pain during sleep, after he gets his spine aligned, he's going to need to become a back or stomach sleeper. The strain on his back right now is probably from sleeping on his side, the pressure coming at/from the hip area as one of his legs is unsupported. This kind of stuff is common knowledge from a google search. Oswalt will need the appropriate style pillows (side vs back pillows) and if he continues sleeping on his side, a pillow that maintains the space between his legs. A new mattress also helps too. But I recommend laying flat on his back. I converted, it's a hard habit to break, but to get better and thru it, he'll have to sleep on his back. The floor actually is better than a mattress even.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:32 pm

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

I still want to know if this is spinal injury to the disks or whether it's back muscle strain.

Oswalt has complained that his back hurts when he pitches, sleeps and walks.
That sounds exactly like the pinched nerve I went thru and it's a matter of getting a good spine adjustment. Feb 2011, I experienced what felt like slipped disk(s), that turned into classic sciatica. After 1-2 days of the Sciatica, that has since disappeared and I haven't felt this good in nearly a decade. I use anti-inflammatory ibuprofen only when I absolutely need to, which is rarely. Although I don't play baseball everyday, I have been involved in contact sports throughout my life. Anyway, Oswalt can return from this, he needs to get away from the quack doctors that treat everything with a pain killer, rather than really diagnose & fix the problem. If the man has degenerative disk problems and it's beyond comfort or healing, yes he should retire, money isn't his issue.

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:31 pm

Phillies place Oswalt on DL

roy please sit down for a while and take your time and then come back very strong  we need you roy you are the key for the world sereies

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