Oswalt is all set for Tuesday start
After throwing about 40 pitches in the bullpen Sunday morning, Roy Oswalt said he was ready to make his first start in two weeks. Oswalt, who hasn’t pitched since straining his left lower back on July 28 in Chicago, will start Tuesday against the Marlins in Miami.
“The biggest thing is command right now,” Oswalt said following his bullpen session. “It’s OK, but you can tell when you get in a game if your command is going to be better. As far as pain, I don’t have any pain.”
Oswalt (6-4, 3.61 ERA) is feeling so good he says he could have started Sunday. He hasn’t faced the Marlins this year, but is 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 11 career starts against Florida. That includes a 2-3 record and a 3.46 ERA in six starts at Dophin Stadium.
Meanwhile, first baseman Lance Berkman said his left calf felt better Sunday. Of course, Berkman was saying this in the morning when the most strenuous thing he had done was walk to the kitchen.