The Philadelphia Phillies were thought to have assembled one of the best rotations in baseball history entering this season, now that rotation will be missing one of its four key parts.
The Phillies placed right-hander Roy Oswalt on the 15-day disabled list today with a back injury. Oswalt, who has been having issues with back tightness lately, left last night’s 12-2 loss to the Cardinals after just two innings. He gave up five hits and four runs (all earned) before finally asking out of the game. It was Oswalt’s shortest start since a two-inning appearance in a 9-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves on September 20, 2009.
Oswalt was on the DL earlier this year from April 27-May 16 with the same issue in his lower back. Reliever Scott Mathieson was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take the 34-year-old’s spot on the roster.
If this continues to be a problem for Oswalt we wouldn’t be surprised if the Phillies look to add a starting pitcher as the summer wears on. They are clearly pushing for a championship this year and if Oswalt can’t be relied upon, they will need to add someone who can eat up innings. So far this year Oswalt is 4-6 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Those numbers are OK, but not for a guy making $16 million this year.