July 30, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Roy Oswalt (44) reacts after giving up a two run home run to Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (27) as he rounds the basses in the third inning against Texas Rangers starting pitcher Roy Oswalt (44) at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
After a rash of articles condemning Roy Oswalt for not pitching more than two innings in relief on Sunday, and questioning his commitment to the team, T.R. Sullivan writes that Oswalt met with Ron Washington today and then talked to reporters, and says that everything is fine.
Per Sullivan, Oswalt felt he couldn't go any longer than he did on Sunday because he threw almost 100 pitches in his start on Monday, a full bullpen session on Wednesday in anticipation of making his next start, then pitched in relief on both Thursday and Sunday.
Oswalt has apparently said that he hasn't asked for a trade.
Oswalt was signed to bolster the Rangers' rotation in May, after Neftali Feliz went down with an injury, but his six starts have been a mixed bag, with three being awful and three being good. When the Rangers acquired Ryan Dempster via trade, it was Oswalt, in a somewhat surprising move, who went to the bullpen instead of Scott Feldman. With Yu Darvish and Derek Holland struggling, it is certainly possible that Oswalt will end up back in the rotation at some point.