Texas Rangers right-hander Roy Oswalt left yesterday’s start
due to soreness near his elbow, but the veteran doesn’t expect it to cause him
to miss significant time, reports Evan Grant of SportsDayDFW:
Oswalt left Sunday’s start
with what was described as right flexor muscle soreness near his elbow. After
the game, he said he should be fine in two to three days. By that time,
however, Perez may have unseated him as the team’s long reliever.
Following yesterday’s game, Oswalt told reporters that following
a first innings slider to Tampa Bay Rays infielder Jeff Keppinger, his elbow “tightened
up.” The 35-year-old added that his arm “never
really loosened up after that.”
Prior to his early exit, Oswalt allowed four runs on six
hits, including two home runs, over two innings of work. This lackluster effort caused his ERA to inflate
to 6.29 on the season.
Since joining the Rangers this season, Oswalt has maintained
a WHIP of 1.583, surrendering 12.4 hits per nine innings with 8.6 SO/9 and 1.8