The Phillies lost the final game of the series 12-2 in St. Louis on Thursday night, and Roy Oswalt left the game early with stiffness in his back. He’s had the same feeling in April and back then said, “It’s just muscle tightness.” It still could be just muscle tightness now, although some websites and pundits are reporting it may be the end of Roy Oswalt’s career. I don’t know how anyone could write something like that when no doctor has said what is wrong yet, so the wait begins to see if this was just another flair up of tightness.
In early May, Oswalt’s back problem was well known. Oswalt had this to say about it in the first week of May, "It's not to the point where it's unbearable," Oswalt said. "It's a little bit of a concern. I don't want it to linger until July or August. So maybe in two more days I'll bounce back."
Roy Oswalt is a fierce competitor and he wants to win with the Phillies, so this has to be tough for him, but I think he may miss a couple rotation starts behind this, but it’s up to Oswalt and the Phillies team doctor to make any decisions along with Phillies management. This is an ongoing process, and to say anything else is just pure speculation.
The Phillies welcome in the Oakland A’s to Citizen’s Bank Park tonight. The A’s are just coming from New York where they played the New York Mets in a 3 game series. Oakland lost 2 of 3 games to the Mets in that series.
The Oakland A’s offense is near the bottom of the whole MLB in production. The pitching for the A’s on the other hand is in the top 10 of several categories, 3rd in the MLB in ERA, 7th in Quality Starts, 9th in WHIP, and 8th in BAA with only .248.
The rumors of the Phillies being interested in Josh Willingham, who is on the A’s, have circled around for a couple days, Willingham just went to the 15 day DL with a strained Achillies, so if the Phillies make any kind of move for him really soon, he will be on the DL. I am not so sure the A’s would even consider moving Willingham, as he is the best run producer so far on the team.
The A’s have a 34-42 record and are 4th in the AL West. Vance Worley gets the start tonight for the Phillies, he is 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA. This will be Worley’s 6th start of the season for the Phillies.