When starter Neftali Feliz was injured in late May, the Texas Rangers were forced to make a bold move, and they did just that by bringing in free agent, Roy Oswalt.
This Friday evening, the veteran right-handed pitcher will make his debut with the Rangers as he takes the mound against the Colorado Rockies at the Ballpark in Arlington.
The 34-year-old Oswalt spent most of his career with fellow Texas team, the Houston Astros, where he pitched from 2001-2010. He spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Over his career, Oswalt holds a 159-93 record with a career ERA of 3.21 and has posted 1,742 strikeouts. He is a three-time All-Star and the 2005 NLCS MVP.
To prepare him, the Rangers had Oswalt pitch in four minor league games, three with the Triple A Round Rock Express and one with the Double A Frisco RoughRiders.
Over those four starts, Oswalt was 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA, but his latest outing, last Sunday, was by far his best. In a 4-2 win, Oswalt allowed 2 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings and notched 5 strikeouts to just 1 walk . The biggest thing, however, is that he made it to 100 pitches without much trouble.
With four members of the Rangers‘ pitching staff having recently been placed on the disabled list, Oswalt will add some much needed depth. Though he may not be the ace pitcher he was in his prime, he certainly has the ability to be a solid addition to the the group, and the experience he brings will be very valuable to the young staff.