After an aggressive comeback attempt from a left hamstring strain proved futile, Roy Oswalt of the Colorado Rockies has decided to pump the breaks on his return to the mound.
Maybe a tad bit too ambitious in his return attempt, Oswalt's expedited progress was brought to a screeching stop after his hamstring tightened up during an August 3rd simulated game. The right-hander whose cumbersome left hamstring has kept him out of action since July 7th, immediately toned down his rigorous routine following the setback.
"I thought I was going to defy the odds and do something nobody else has
ever done," Oswalt said with a smile. "But the good thing is I didn't
push it to the point where I reinjured it like it was the first time.
When it started cramping, it was more protection than anything.
A restructured rehab plan will see Oswalt essentially start over a slower pace, participating in playing catch with an eye towards a bullpen session this weekend. Assuming another setback doesn't rear it's ugly head, Oswalt will put himself in line for a potential simulated game as early as next week. The best case scenario would constitute a return to Rockie pinstripes by the end of the month.
"We want to get him back there as soon as we can," manager Walt Weiss said. "But we are back to the drawing board."
After appearing in only four games for Colorado before his injury, time is running out for the 35-year old to make an impact in 2013. Heading into free agency, the veteran may be feeling the pressure to showcase himself worthy of an offer next winter.
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