While the Philadelphia Phillies are already going to be without Chase Utley and Domonic Brown to open the season, everyone has thought that they would be fine because of their outstanding pitching staff. Sorry Philadelphia – news from Florida today has one of your starting pitchers in danger of missing a start or two.
Manny Ramirez hit a line drive back up in middle during the fourth inning of a Grapefruit League game on Wednesday. It headed right towards Phillies’ starter Roy Oswalt, who spun to try to avoid the ball, but came up unsuccessful. The ball hit Oswalt in the back of the neck, right below his ear, and the injury appeared very serious.
Oswalt’s team mates quickly crowded the mound to see if he was okay, and after a few intense minutes he finally got up. It appeared that he lucked out and was better than most expected him to be since he walked off the field on his own power.
I would not be surprised if Oswalt is shut down for the rest of Spring Training and could very well miss a start or two in the regular season. While x-rays were negative and Oswalt experienced no dizziness, the injury is still one to be taken seriously. Just because nothing is broken and no concussion is evident does not mean that he will be fine.
The bad news keeps rolling in for the Phillies, who are now just trying to make it out of spring training as soon as possible.
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