Oswalt Likely Headed to DL, Utley Heads to Florida
The soreness in Roy Oswalt’s lower back has not improved, so the Phillies are expected to place him on the 15-day disabled list tomororw.
Oswalt has some concern.
“A little bit,” he said. “It’s been a little tight. The start in San Diego (on April 21) I didn’t tell anybody. I kind of got through it and thought I’d be fine. It got to the point where, it’s not unbearable, but it is a little bit of a concern. I don’t want it to have it lingering into July or August, so maybe a few more days will help out some.”
“We feel like we’re putting him in danger if we throw him out there and have him pitch tomorrow,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We’re just trying to be proactive about it, so he doesn’t make it any worse than it already is.”
Kyle Kendrick will take Oswalt’s place and pitch tomorrow against the Braves. Kendrick threw 46 pitches in three innings Sunday in a 14-inning loss to the New York Mets. Kendrick said he hopes to pitch at least five innings Saturday. Charlie Manuel estimated Kendrick could throw 65 to 70 pitches.
The Phillies can backdate Oswalt’s DL stint 10 days, which is April 27. That means they can activate him next Friday. Oswalt, who felt some discomfort following a bullpen session Thursday, is not sure if he will be ready by then.
“My biggest thing is I don’t want to go out there and not be 100 percent,” Oswalt said. “I don’t want to go out and throw three, four innings and they have to come get me. We may have to test it out before then in a game somewhere just to see where I’m at.”
That could mean a few innings in a rehab appearance.
“It hasn’t really gotten any better,” Oswalt added. “I could probably pitch Saturday, but I couldn’t promise anything on results. We’ll give it a few more days to see how it feels and maybe throw Sunday or Monday on the side and see where I’m at and kind of go from there.”
Chase Utley is taking a big step tomorrow when he plays in an extended Spring Training game in Dunedin, Fla.
The Phillies said they do not know how many extended Spring Training games Utley needs to play, but if he continues to progress the next step would be a rehab assignment. Once Utley begins a rehab assignment he has 20 days before he must be activated to the 25-man roster.
Once Utley begins a rehab assignments you will know he is close to returning.