Roy Oswalt’s been fighting lingering back issues all season long. He already spent some time on the disabled list earlier on in the year with the same concerns.
After leaving last night’s game after the second inning, Oswalt’s return is indefinite.
The velocity on Oswalt’s fastball has steadily dipped since his first stint on the DL. He’s a pitcher that likes to get his fastball up in the zone and blow it by hitters. Oswalt hasn’t been able to do that lately.
He’s 1-5 with a 4.06 ERA in his previous eight starts.
The back really started to flare up on a road trip in Arizona in April. Before that, in his previous start at San Diego, his fastball routinely hit 93-94 MPH. Last night, Oswalt consistently hit 90 MPH on the radar gun.
He’s had to rely more on command and changing speeds.
Before I was fine with a cheap option like Reed Johnson, but with Oswalt’s future in question, I think it becomes more imperative that the Phillies find a way to add a bat at the trading deadline.
They need to take some pressure off the pitching staff, especially if Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick are going to remain the starters for most, if not the rest of the year. Joe Blanton is expected back in late July, early August.
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I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!