Phils pitcher Roy Oswalt faces uncertain future due to injury
Oswalt, a member of the Phillies power quartet, is seriously considering retirement after experiencing tightness in his back in Thursdays 12-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Already hampered with two degenerative disks early this year, Oswalt doubts his back can hold on through the remaining months of the season.
AHN Sports Staff
Philadelphia, PA, United States
June 24, 2011 07:22 pm EDT
Sports, Baseball, Major League Baseball - National League
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt is contemplating retirement after sustaining a possible season-ending back injury Thursday night, multiple sources reported Friday.
Oswalt, a member of the Phillies power quartet, is seriously considering retirement after experiencing tightness in his back in Thursday’s 12-2 loss to St. Louis Cardinals.
Already hampered with two degenerative disks early this year, Oswalt doubts his back can hold up through the remaining months of the season.
Oswalt, who also took a leave to see the condition of his family and home near the tornadoes-wrecked area in Mississippi, went 4-6 with 3.79 ERA and 42 strikeouts.
However, Oswalt said he has been pitching in pain over the last few weeks and the injury might be worse than expected. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday and is set to undergo an MRI Monday.
"I've had a pretty good one," he said of his career, if indeed it is drawing to a close, Oswalt told USA TODAY Friday.
Acquired by the Phillies from the Houston Astros before last season’s trade deadline, Oswalt was supposed to play the fourth wheel of the Phillies power pitching quartet, which also includes Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay.
However despite his looming retirement, Oswalt indeed has enjoyed a solid career as he boasts a record of 153-85 with 3.17 ERA and 1,695 strikeouts over 10 seasons.
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