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Oswalt eager to know his future

Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt said Wednesday he and his family would need an ample amount of time to decide if they were going to accept any trade proposals given to him in advance of Saturday afternoon’s Trade Deadline.

Oswalt didn’t give any specifics, but said he doesn’t want to be approached with a trade proposal only an hour or so before the 3 p.m. CT deadline. Oswalt has been the center of trade speculation since he told the club in May he wanted to be traded to a contender.

“I’m hoping it’s not going to be dropped on me an hour before the deadline,” said Oswalt, who would have to waive his no-trade clause to approve any possible trades. “Give me a little bit of time to think about.”

Foxsports.com and KRIV-TV in Houston both reported Wednesday the Cardinals were out of the running for Oswalt, but MLB.com reported Tuesday the Phillies remain top contenders.  Oswalt is due to make $16 million next season in the last year of his contract, but there’s a club option for 2012 that would pay him another $16 million.

Oswalt, who’s scheduled to pitch Friday in an attempt to tie the club’s all-time win record, said he hasn’t been approached by the club about any possible trades. And if they do approach him, he wants enough time to make the appropriate decision for him.

“You do need a little bit of time,” he said. “I don’t want it to be two hours before the deadline and have to make a quick decision. I would rather have a little bit of time to think about it.”

Location not an issue for Oswalt

When it comes to a preferred destination, Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt isn’t being too picky, as long as he gets a chance to play for a contender.

Oswalt, who has been the center of trade speculation since he asked for a trade two months ago, reiterated Monday the stance he’s had since May in that he’d be willing to play in any region of the country – East Coast and West Coast included – if it meant he’d be in a pennant race.

“Location doesn’t matter,” he said.

Oswalt, scheduled to start Friday against the Brewers at Minute Maid Park in his latest attempt to tie the club’s all-time wins record, has been pursued heavily by the Phillies and Cardinals, both of whom he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause to finish the season.

Oswalt, who is 6-12 with a 3.42 ERA, is owed the remainder of the $15 million he was scheduled to make this year, along with $16 million next year. He has a $16 million club option for 2012, but has said money won’t be an issue if he finds a deal he likes.

Phils, Cards the focus in Oswalt talks; Towles, Steele suffer setbacks

Not a whole lot new to report Thursday night, so I’ll keep it simple.

The Astros are continuing to have lots of discussions with several clubs, though nothing of substance. They continue to have dialogue about Roy Oswalt, who has requested to be traded. Every team in contention has kicked the tires on Oswalt, but as MLB.com accurately reported Wednesday the focus at this point is on the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals in the bid for Oswalt’s services.

Meanwhile, Oswalt is focusing on breaking Joe Niekro’s record while addressing trade speculation. He starts against the Reds on Saturday in an effort to try to tie Joe Niekro’s franchise record of 144 wins. Oswalt is 23-2 all-time against the Reds.

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J.R. Towles, who began the season as the Astros starting catcher before he was sent down to Double-A Corpus Christi, will have his broken right thumb examined by team physician Dr. Tom Mehlhoff on Friday in Houston. He broke it during a head-first slide on May 13 and it’s not progressing the way the team had hoped.

“He’s still having some soreness and pain and discomfort in his hand and we had to back him off,” said Astros assistant general manager Ricky Bennett, who is in Corpus Christi watching the Hooks.

Bennett also said speedy outfielder T.J. Steele, a fourth-round pick in 2008 who had a nice season in 2009, could be lost for the rest of the year. Steele was hitting .228 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 241 at-bats for Double-A Corpus Christi before he suffered a bone bruise in his left hand while swinging the bat. He’s been out since July 5.

Steele had an MRI in Corpus Christi on Wednesday.

“His wrist issue hasn’t been resolving and he’s got some tendinitis or something else going and there is a possibility he won’t play for the rest of this season at this point,” Bennett said.

Oswalt reacts to latest trade rumors

Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt, who asked the team to try to trade him to a contender earlier this year, told reporters Wednesday morning he hadn’t been approached by the team about any possible deals

“I don’t know anything about it,” he said. “I really don’t. I saw it on TV this morning actually. I’ve seen a bunch of other things on TV news and whatever. Until I get told something, I don’t know.”

Oswalt, 32, is having a terrific season, with a 6-11 record that is the result of poor run support. He has made 19 starts and has a 3.12 ERA. He’s scheduled to make his next start Saturday at Minute Maid Park against the Reds and needs one win to tie the franchise record of 144 career victories.

Originally scheduled to pitch the first game after the All-Star break, Oswalt asked management to push him back in the rotation to allow him to have an additional start home with a shot break the record. He’ll now have one chance to tie and possibly one to break it at home.

Frustrated with a lack of run support and the Astros’ slow start, Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, called McLane in May and requested he be traded to a contender. Oswalt hasn’t been clear about which teams he would approve being traded to, short of saying he wanted to a chance to play for a contender.

“Until they come up to me, there’s really nothing I can do,” Oswalt said. “I don’t want to go up to them and ask them every time something comes across the ticker. So until they come to me, I’ll just wait and seen.”

When asked specifically about the possibility of playing for the Phillies, Oswalt said: “It would have to work for both of us. If it don’t work for of us, no. But if it does, maybe.”

Oswalt trade rumors heating up

Despite reports right-hander Roy Oswalt could be the target of a deal involving the pitching-thirsty Philadelphia Phillies, no deal with the Astros ace appeared imminent Tuesday night.

Oswalt, who is scheduled to start Saturday in an attempt to tie the club’s all-time wins record, has been the center of trade rumors since he made it public he had requested a trade to a contender.

The Phillies, who sent Kyle Kendrick to the Minors on Monday and are in need of a starting pitcher for Saturday, are involved in talks to acquire a starting pitcher, according to an ESPN.com report.

Astros general manager Ed Wade, who spent several years as GM in Philadelphia and while in Houston pulled off the blockbuster deal that sent Brad Lidge to Philly, has a policy not to comment on trades.

Oswalt had left the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field before reporters entered Tuesday night, and he didn’t return a message from MLB.com.

Oswalt, who is 6-11 with a 3.12 ERA, is owed more than $7 million for the rest of this year and will make $16 million next year, which makes dealing him difficult. He also has a no-trade clause and would have to approve any potential deals, but he has said several times recently he wants to play for a contender.

Oswalt reacts to Lee trade

Now that Cliff Lee is off the market, could Roy Oswalt be the next big-name pitcher to be dealt ahead of the July 31 deadline? Oswalt was asked Friday if he thought he expects to hear about more trade possibilities now that Lee has been dealt.

“This is my first time [going through this],” he said. “I don’t know.”

Rangers president Nolan Ryan told MLB.com last month he was interested in acquiring Oswalt, who earlier this year requested the Astros trade him to a contender.

“That’s a good pick-up for them,” Oswalt said. “Lee’s a good pitcher, and adding a quality starting pitcher should make them better.”

Oswalt is 6-10 with a 3.08 ERA in 18 starts this year and is coming off a one-hit shutout thrown against the Pirates on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. Scouts from the Phillies, Mets, Twins, Rays and Dodgers were among those on hand to watch Oswalt pitch Thursday, but nothing appears imminent.

“They told me they’d come to me first and tell me what they have on the table, and they haven’t told me anything,” Oswalt said Friday.

Oswalt still has the remainder of his $15 million salary this year and is set to be paid $16 million next year, making him a much more difficult commodity to trade than Lee.

 

Oswalt at his best as trade deadline approaches

Based on the way he’s pitched in the first half of the season, Roy Oswalt‘s trade value has never been higher. Sure, if the Astros are going to trade Oswalt there are other things that will play into it, such as the amount of money he’s owed, his desire to pick where he wants to go and the prospects the Astros will get in return.

But when you talk about the way he’s performed on the mound, he’s been terrific.

Oswalt threw his second career one-hit shutout by beating the Pirates on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. It was his 19th career complete game and seventh shutout, and was the first Astros’ one-hitter since 2008 (Wandy Rodriguez).

Oswalt made 18 starts in the first half of the season and went 6-10 with a 3.08 ERA, and 15 of those were quality starts. He entered Thursday with the third-lowest run support in the league, which is why he’s 6-10 instead of 10-6 and going to the All-Star Game.

Oswalt said this is the best first half he’s had in the last few years.

“I feel like it is,” he said. “I had a pretty good year in ’05 at the beginning of the season, but overall the last three or four years it’s probably the best I’ve felt.”

There were numerous scouts on hand to watch Oswalt, including those from the Phillies, Twins, Dodgers, Mets and Rays, all of which could be potential trade targets. Oswalt has asked the Astros to trade him to a contender, and non-waiver deadline is three weeks away (July 31).

“That’s the business part of it,” Oswalt said. “The best part of it is when you step across the white lines you don’t have to worry about it. You go out thre and play the game and give 100 percent and that’s all you can ask for yourself.”

What should help to drive up Oswalt’s trade value even more is how well he’s pitched in second halves in his career. He’s 73-58 in the first half in his career, and 70-22 in the second half.

Oswalt has three scheduled starts for the Astros prior to the trade deadline, so if he is dealt he could still have a shot at getting the club’s all-time wins record. He’s sitting on 143 wins, which is one shy of Joe Niekro‘s club record of 144.

“I’ve been here for 10 years now and there’s a lot of great pitchers who have come through here,” he said. “You start talking about names like Nolan [Ryan], [Mike] Scott, [Joe] Niekro and [Larry] Dierker. That’s some pretty good quality names there. Any time you get mentioned in same sentence as them it’s pretty special.”

Oswalt is scheduled to open the second half of the season July 16 against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Could it be one of his his last with the Astros?

 

The Astros at the halfway point

After 81 games — midpoint in their 162-game schedule — the Astros are 32-49, which puts them on pace to go 64-98, which would be their worst record in club history. I once thought the club was a shoo-in to reach 100 losses, but it is 15-15 in its last 30 games and has been playing better for the most part.

Will that continue? A lot of it will depend on what happens by the end of this month and the trade deadline. If the Astros trade Roy Oswalt, who pitched terrific on Friday, for some prospects, and perhaps even Brett Myers, they will be in a full-fledged youth movement and there figures to be some growing pains.

The Astros are already committed to rookies Chris Johnson at third base and Jason Castro at catcher, and it appears 26-year-old Angel Sanchez will get substantial playing time at shortstop until rookie Tommy Manzella returns from his broken finger. If the Astros do get some top-notch prospects for Oswalt, the second half of the season will be worth watching if the future of the club is on display.

This is one of the few seasons in last 20 years the Astros are pretty much out of it at the All-Star break, due in large part because sluggers Carlos Lee, Lance Berkman and Hunter Pence struggled collectively to begin the season. At the end of the season, they could wind up having decent numbers, but their inability to hit — along with Pedro Feliz and Kaz Matsui — early in the year buried the Astros.

Lee is on pace to hit 20 homers and drive in 82 runs, which would way below his career averages, not to mention he’s hitting .238. Berkman is hitting .240 and has seven homers and 35 RBIs at the midpoint, but he did miss the first two weeks of the season. Pence? He’s on pace to hit .257 with 22 homers an 77 RBIs.

On the mound, Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez — the top two pitchers in the Astros’ rotation — are on pace to lose 20 games. That’s a shame for Oswalt, considering he’s delivered 14 quality starts in 17 outings and has a 3.32 ERA. He’s stuck at 142 career wins, leaving him two shy of Joe Niekro for the club’s all-time lead. Whether gets a chance to get it or gets dealt will be one of the biggest story lines for the second half of the season.

Here’s predicting the Astros play better in the second half of the season and avoid 100 losses, whether it’s from the veterans stepping up at the plate or the infusion of youth paying dividends.

Here are my Astros awards at the midpoint:

Astros Player of the Year: Michael Bourn. He’s hitting .264 with one homer and 20 RBIs from the leadoff spot with on on-base percentage of .340, but he’s stolen 25 bases, is among league leaders in outfield assists and is on his way to a second Gold Glove.

Astros Pitcher of the Year: Matt Lindstrom: He’s got 19 saves in 23 chances for a team that has only 32 wins. He’s posted a 2.97 ERA and proven to be a terrific pickup from the Marlins. He’s got a chance to make the All-Star team. A case could certainly be made for Oswalt or Myers.

Astros Rookie of the Year: Wilton Lopez. The durable reliever is 3-0 with a 3.98 ERA in 30 games. At the end of year we may be giving this to Chris Johnson or Jason Castro, but they haven’t been around long enough at this point.

 

 

Astros wrap up Interleague play

The Astros wrap Interleague Play on Sunday night by sending Roy Oswalt to the mound against the Texas Rangers. The Astros are 3-11 in Interleague play, having gone 1-2 against Tampa Bay, 0-3 at the Yankees, 1-2 at Kansas City and 1-4 against the Rangers heading into Sunday’s series finale at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Astros are 12-12 this month: 10-3 against National League teams and 2-9 against the American League.

Oswalt (5-9, 3.08 ERA) is two wins shy of tying Joe Niekro’s club record of 144 wins. He’s 4-1 in five road starts this year with a 1.50 ERA and has tossed at least seven innings and allowed no more than two runs in each of his five starts away from home.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

LF Jason Bourgeois

1B Lance Berkman

DH Carlos Lee

RF Jason Michaels

2B Geoff Blum

3B Chris Johnson

C Jason Castro

SS Oswaldo Navarro

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RHP Roy Oswalt (5-9, 3.08 ERA)

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RANGERS

SS Elvis Andrus

3B Michael Young

2B Ian Kinsler

DH Vladimir Guerrero

LF Josh Hamilton

RF Nelson Cruz

1B Justin Smoak

C Matt Treanor

CF Julio Borbon

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RHP Tommy Hunter (3-0, 2.31 ERA)

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Astros vs. Yankees on Friday

The Astros make their first trip to new Yankee Stadium on Friday, the day that marks the seven-year anniversary of the six-pitcher no-hitter thrown by the Astros at the old Yankee Stadium in 2003. Astros owner Drayton McLane, general manager Ed Wade and assistant general manager David Gottfried joined the club on the trip to New York.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is nursing a groin injury, isn’t in the lineup for the Bronx Bombers. Here are the lineups (followed by injury updates):

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

2B Jeff Keppinger

1B Lance Berkman

 LF Carlos Lee

RF Hunter Pence

DH Jason Michaels

3B Pedro Feliz

SS Tommy Manzella

C Kevin Cash

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RHP Brett Myers (4-3, 3.01 ERA)

YANKEES

SS Derek Jeter

CF Curtis Granderson

1B Mark Teixeira

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

DH Jorge Posada

C Francisco Cervelli

3B Ramiro Pena

LF Kevin Russo

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LHP Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.47 ERA)

Here are some injury updates

– RHP Chris Sampson, on the disabled list with right rotator cuff tendinitis, is scheduled to throw a 15-20 pitch simulated game Sunday at Double-A Corpus Christi. If all goes well, he’ll pitch 15-20 pitches in a game Tuesday for the Hooks.

– RHP Matt Lindstrom didn’t pitch Thursday because of back spasms.

– LHP Tim Byrdak rejoined the team Friday in New York after going to Houston to be examined by a doctor for the back/hamstring issue that put him in the disabled list in May. Manager Brad Mills said he would be available on Saturday.

– RHP Bud Norris is scheduled to pitch Saturday in a Minor League rehab outing for Triple-A Round Rock. He’s been on the DL since May 24 with bursitis and biceps tendinitis.

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