Ruiz, Utley Look OK; Oswalt’s Fastball? Not There
Nothing is official, but I think we know a few things from last night’s Class A Clearwater game:
- Expect Carlos Ruiz to be activated from the DL today.
- Chase Utley continues to move in a straight line. He homered last night. He’s getting closer. (Late next week, maybe?)
- Roy Oswalt didn’t have his fastball, which could indicate he is not ready to rejoin the rotation Tuesday in St. Louis, although we’ll hopefully learn more today. “He normally throws a lot of fastballs, normally 93,94 (mph), and today he said he doesn’t feel good, with the fastball, more like 89, 90,” Ruiz said. “The first couple of innings, fastball cut, not too much life in his fastball. In the last couple of innings, better, better location, he was throwing more breaking balls because he was thinking the fastball’s not there. When he is on, he’s not afraid to throw his fastball on any count, today it was a little different. It was a lot of fastball cut, the location was not there that’s why we threw more changeups, curveballs, sliders.” Of course, Oswalt could be perfectly healthy. He just could’ve been disinterested in letting loose in a Class A game. We’ll see.