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07:12 AM ET 05.20 | Roy Oswalt may be up to a month away from a legitimate consideration in the Rockies' rotation, but his showing Saturday suggested much progress. Pitching against a team of Brewers prospects, Oswalt gave up one hit -- a first-inning leadoff bunt single -- and struck out nine with no walks in five innings. It was his third start in extended spring in Arizona. The next move for Oswalt, 35, who signed with the Rockies on May 3, is to Double-A Tulsa. He will make his first start for the Drillers on Friday at Arkansas and will be limited to 75 pitches. Bill Geivett, the Rockies' senior vice president of Major League operations, said Oswalt would need four or five starts before he is evaluated for a possible spot in the rotation.

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May 20, 2013  08:07 AM ET

Oh, there's a "knocking on the closet door" and Manti Te'o joke in there somewhere. I just can't connect the dots and make it sound funny yet. Too early in the morning.

May 20, 2013  09:24 AM ET

When Roy takes the mound in Arkansas in front of 2000 or less, staying in a budget hotel, taking the long bus ride there, he may say to himself is it really worth it at my age?

May 20, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

When Roy takes the mound in Arkansas in front of 2000 or less, staying in a budget hotel, taking the long bus ride there, he may say to himself is it really worth it at my age?

Doesn't Roy live in Arkansas? Maybe he'll just stay at home.

May 20, 2013  10:11 AM ET

He's still 35 with a bad back.

May 20, 2013  10:42 AM ET

Oswalt's career record shouldearn him consideration for HOF. Trying to make a team and risk having some much less than good outings could cost Oswalt that consideration for HOF .The sports writers that vote have shown that they often have a short memory.

May 20, 2013  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Oswalt's career record shouldearn him consideration for HOF. Trying to make a team and risk having some much less than good outings could cost Oswalt that consideration for HOF .The sports writers that vote have shown that they often have a short memory.

I don't think he's in that top-shelf class. He only played 12 years and has ~163 career wins. Even guys like Andy Pettite, who has a much more significant career than Oswalt, are by no means a lock.

May 20, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't think he's in that top-shelf class. He only played 12 years and has ~163 career wins. Even guys like Andy Pettite, who has a much more significant career than Oswalt, are by no means a lock.

Actually, he is on the cusp of a big milestone... he has 99 carer hits so maybe with a bit of interleague play.... :)

May 20, 2013  01:37 PM ET

this guy would have been a perfect fit for the Padres, especially in spacious Petco Park.

May 21, 2013  06:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't think he's in that top-shelf class. He only played 12 years and has ~163 career wins. Even guys like Andy Pettite, who has a much more significant career than Oswalt, are by no means a lock.

I'm a BoSox fan, and even I have to admit that Pettitte is a shoe-in for the Hall, maybe not first-year, but he'll get in. He's the career postseason wins leader with 19 and there's no other pitcher even close. His only blemish may be the HGH scandal, but he came clean, which should help his cause.

 
May 21, 2013  08:43 AM ET

When Healthy, the guy can pitch!!!

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