Roy Oswalt to make minor-league start Friday, then likely join Rockies
The Colorado Rockies are likely to call up minor league pitcher Roy Oswalt after he makes one last start on Friday for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, according to a report Tuesday from Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Despite being charged with a 5-0 loss Sunday because of a throwing error, the 35-year-old, who has 163 MLB victories, has lowered his Texas League ERA to 2.88. On Sunday, he threw seven complete innings, going for 95 pitches, including 62 strikes and his fastball topped 95 miles per hour. He has given up five home runs, walking six and striking out 18 in his four starts.
He told reporters that he hopes he had a good enough outing Sunday to get his opportunity in the big league again:
“If they want me to throw another one (for Tulsa), I’ll throw another one. I’m hoping I threw good enough today to get a chance up there."
The former NLCS MVP signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in May. The contract runs through June 18, so it's possible the Rockies keep him with the Drillers for another game or two. LEMIRE: An early look at top prospects for the 2014 draft