June 24, 2011
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I hope this isn't the last we see of Roy, but fuck the Phillies
ESPN– Philadelphia right-hander Roy Oswalt will be further examined Friday, a day after leaving a start with back trouble in the second inning.
Though Oswalt said after the game Thursday he wouldn’t have an MRI until Monday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark he would be checked out Friday and that the team expects to get an update on his condition Friday night or Saturday.
So it looks like the Phillies may be one ace short of a full deck. Of course they will be fine with the holy triumvirate of Hammels, Lee and the “other” Roy, but the scariest team in the NL just got a little bit less scary. Hey, I’ve always been an Oswalt fan, and I never like to see a good dude go down with an injury, but as a Yankee fan I can’t say I am all that upset. Oswalt was on the DL from April 27th to May 16th with a similar back issue. Problem is back injuries don’t just go away. Especially not when you’re a 33 year old pitcher that has thrown more than 2100 innings. Unfortunately for Philly fans, Oswalt did not sound too upbeat about his future. I leave you with this:
“You throw as long as you can and when you can’t throw anymore you don’t,” the 33-year-old pitcher said after the game. “Hopefully it’s not to the point where I can’t throw anymore. If it’s at that point, you just have to accept it.”