Oswalt’s Back Is Back

Roy Oswalt left tonight’s game before the top of the seventh inning because of a strained lower back.

Uh oh.

Oswalt has had back issues before. He left two starts in 2009 because of back injuries: July 28 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and Sept. 5 against the Phillies at Minute Maid Park. He went on the disabled list Sept. 16, 2009, with a strained lower back and missed the last couple weeks of the season.

He also spent time on the DL in 2008 and 2006 because back and hip problems.

(Oswalt said tonight those hip problems were back problems.)

But Oswalt insisted this injury is different. He said he suffered back spasms in the middle of his back.

“This is nothing like that,” he said of his previous back injuries. “This is middle back. It’s not really lower back. Most of the time when I have trouble with it, it’s lower back. This is middle. … I probably could have finished the seventh. I didn’t want to push it that far, where I have to miss a start. I’m hoping to be OK in two days, throw a bullpen and be ready to start against Milwaukee (on Wednesday).”

Is he hopeful or certain he will make his next start?

“I think I’ll make it,” he said.

We’ll see. It’s only April, so I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Oswalt miss a start to make sure his back is fine.

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If he’s unable to recover and misses some time. Joe Blanton is really going to have to step it up.

Joe should not be stepping it up. He should already be there!!

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I’m not worried about Oswalt. I’m worried about Charlie. What is Baez doing in the game against Dobbs when he has Bastardo ready? In fact, Bastardo should have started the 7th and pitched the whole inning to get to Madson.
That’s the second serious mistake Charlie’s made this week (the other being using Mayberry instead of Gload against the Nats).

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