Roy Oswalt will return to a major league mound Friday night in Texas, familiar ground for the veteran right-hander who started his career in Houston 11 years ago.
The 34-year-old Oswalt will make his debut for the Rangers at home against the Colorado Rockies after starting four minor league games since signing with Texas on May 29.
Oswalt’s last major league appearance was with Philadelphia in a Game 4 loss to St. Louis in the NL Division Series. He allowed five earned runs in six innings. He threw six shutout innings against Atlanta in his last regular season appearance last Sept. 27.
Oswalt said Wednesday he didn’t have as much soreness as he expected after his last minor league start, when he threw 100 pitches and allowed six hits and two runs in six innings Sunday for Triple-A Round Rock. He said he was regaining command of his curveball.
The Rangers figured it would be at least a month before Oswalt could pitch in a big league game after he went unsigned through free agency and the first two months of the regular season. But his first start will come just 20 days after his first minor league appearance. Only owned in 38% of leagues, if he pitches well he will push the 90% mark by this time next week. If you have room stash him now.