Roy Oswalt is trying to show the Colorado Rockies that he can be counted on for the rest of this season, and possibly next.
The future depends on the veteran pitcher's health and how much he has left in his right arm. For now, Oswalt is working his way back from a hamstring strain that had him on the disabled list for two months, and it was still affecting him in a 9-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night.
Oswalt (0-6) lasted 4 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in his first start since coming off the DL last week. He kept his team in the game before the Diamondbacks torched the Rockies' bullpen for seven runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
''I feel that I still have good enough stuff to get outs. I just started three starts and the next thing I know, I tore my hamstring pretty bad,'' Oswalt said. ''Now I'm trying to come back from it. Everyone else got to play seven months. I've been playing just two months trying to come ...