Jun 242011
Roy Oswalt

Phillies RHP Roy Oswalt to the DL with back injury

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Oswalt hurt, questions about future loom after loss

June 24 CSN Philly:

The Four Aces might be down to three.  Roy Oswalt left Thursday night’s start – an ugly 12-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals – after two innings with lower back soreness.  He said he’s been bothered by the condition “for a while.”  He said, “I feel it when I sit down, stand up, walk, pitch, sleep.”  He doesn’t know when he’ll pitch again.  If ever.  “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.”

Oswalt leaves early with sore lower back

June 24 Camden Courier-Post:

The questions have swirled for nearly two months, but the answers have ranged between vague and adamant denials.  On the mound, Roy Oswalt has struggled, but he’s routinely managed to grind through starts and maneuver out of trouble well enough that overt concern seemed unnecessary.  On the statistics sheet, the numbers gave pause. Sure, Oswalt’s ERA remained solid, but all the peripheral numbers added up to a big red warning sign.

Reliever Contreras out 4 to 6 weeks

June 24 CSN Philly:

The Phillies will be without reliever Jose Contreras for at least a month, possibly longer, after he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of the flexor tendon in his right forearm on Thursday.  Though the injury is technically in Contreras’ forearm, manager Charlie Manuel said Contreras was feeling pain in his elbow.

Forearm strain sends Contreras back to DL

June 24 Camden Courier-Post:

For the second time this season, Jose Contreras is headed back to the disabled list.  Contreras returned to Philadelphia on Thursday, where tests revealed a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right forearm that likely will sideline him from four to six weeks.  “For a couple weeks he won’t be throwing,” assistant general manager Benny Looper said. “All depends on how it heals.”

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