Veteran pitcher Roy Oswalt made his first start of extended spring training on Friday as get in three inning of work that required a total of 43 pitches. If you just look at the score through those three innings, you will see that Oswalt gave up four runs. However, they were a result of three errors in the first-inning and only one of the runs was earned.
Oswalt still has a lot of work to do, but the right-hander still has some time before he will be assigned to the minors where he is expected to play for the Tulsa Drillers, according to the Denver Post.
As for his contract, there are some interesting details that could result in Oswalt being on the open market at the end of June.
Oswalt will receive $15,000 per month in the Minors and will earn a pro-rated portion of a $2.3 million Major League salary. If he is not on the Rockies’ roster on June 18 or June 28, he can request his release if not added to the roster within 72 hours.
The 35-year-old reported had solid velocity on his fastball, but the extra starts before heading to the minors will be just what he needs to get back to 100 percent. The right-hander will likely never be the same, but he is putting in the work to be a contributor.