Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/30/12

Roy Oswalt officially joined the Rangers with a one-year contract. He expects to join the big league rotation after about four starts.

Oswalt told reporters that thrown bullpen sessions every other day for the past six weeks. His first start is excepted to come at Triple-A Round Rock, on Saturday.

"My arm feels great, my body feels great," Oswalt said during a conference call. "I think we'll go out and try to have a 50- or 60-pitch count that first game and I'm hoping after about four starts to be ready to join the team."

The 34-year-old said his back feels good and that others "have worse cases than I have. I know my body. I know where I'm at. I feel as healthy as ever."

Oswalt cited his relationship with Rangers CEO and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, pitching coach Mike Maddux and bench coach Jackie Moore, as big reason why he chose to play in Texas.

"A lot of it was Nolan," Oswalt said. "I have a lot of respect for Nolan and watched him growing up. He was an idol of mine. To get a guy like that to stand behind you and put a stamp on you means a lot as a player."

He added: "I love Texas. I got to play there for 9 1/2 years with the Astros. I love the state of Texas. It reminds me of Mississippi. It's a great place."

PLAYERS: Roy OswaltNolan Ryan
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
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