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Former Phillie Roy Oswalt tweets his desire to return to Philly

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As former (man that’s still tough to say) Phillies ace Roy Halladay suffered his second straight rocky start on the mound Monday night, former Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt proceeded to tweet the following:The Phillies can ill afford to lose Roy Oswalt for an extended perios of time. Photo: www.upi.com

 

 “I would love to come back to Philly , loved my time there , amazing fans”

 

Ok. If this isn’t the most blatant attempt to put out a feeler for a major league team to take notice, I don’t know what is.

 

After being acquired by the team in the summer of 2010, Oswalt started off strong for the Phillies, going 7-1 as the Phillies reached the NLCS. However, it was all downhill from there. Oswalt injured his back in 2011, left the team for a time during the season after tornadoes caused severe damage in his native Mississippi. There was talk at the time that Oswalt might have reinjured his back while picking up after the destruction caused by the tornadoes.

 

Although Ruben Amaro Jr. never publicly voiced his disapproval, it’s hard to imagine anybody in the Phillies’ organization was very happy with their multi-million dollar pitcher with a history of back issues doing any kind of heavy lifting off the job. Oswalt’s frustrating season came to an end in October, when he failed to close out Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals.  

 

After the Phillies declined Oswalt’s 2012 option, he remained a free agent last season until getting signed by the Rangers at the end of May. While pitching in Texas, Oswalt was ineffective, pitched his way out of the rotation, then seemed to make waves in regards to how the team was using him. 

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In other words, Roy Oswalt may have burned a few bridges over the last few seasons. Not the thing to do when you’re a soon to be 36-year old pitcher with declining skills who still wants a job in the major leagues.

 

All of that aside, what would YOU do if you were the Phillies?

 

Think about it. If Halladay continues down the path of his first two starts and Kyle Kendrick continues to struggle getting out of the sixth inning, would Roy Oswalt be worth taking a flyer on?



 

 Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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