Roy Oswalt keeps the media in the dark once again after Thursday’s rehab start failed to inspire confidence in the pitcher’s health.
Beerleaguer: The facts, as I see them, are these. The Phillies press corps, which includes newspaper groups struggling to make ends meet, among others, makes a special side trip to cover Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Oswalt in a minor league rehab in Clearwater, arranging travel accommodations and ratcheting up more expenses following the Phillies’ series against Florida. Thursday would have been an off-day for the media, too, a built-in break during a three-city road trip, which turned into four with the addition of Clearwater. They’re there for one reason: to get answers. After the game, Ruiz was available to reporters. Utley was available to reporters. Oswalt wasn’t. He reportedly showered and left by the time the clubhouse became available to reporters, who were teed up to ask why he holstered his flat, 89-mph fastball in favor of his secondary pitches and to comment on whether Oswalt feels as brittle as he looks.
No need to rush brittle Phillies: As I see it, the 24-12 Phillies are in great shape, thanks to a pitching mixture of superstar veterans and up-and-coming rookies. So for Oswalt, Jose Contreras, Brian Schneider (hamstring), Brad Lidge, Utley, and Domonic Brown (thumb, day-to-day), take the rest of the month off and focus on the final five.