The Texas Rangers' starting rotation will need some serious help after interleague play comes to an end, and it appears that help may be on the way this weekend.
Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington are discussing the possibility of free agent acquisition Roy Oswalt making his Texas debut this weekend when the Rangers take on the Colorado Rockies.
"If the group feels like they would like him to start this weekend against Colorado, I would be comfortable with that," Ryan said.
Oswalt threw 100 pitches in his fourth start for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday in a 4-2 victory, and only allowed six hits. That's definitely a better sign than his previous start, when he threw 85 pitches in only 3.1 innings.
Texas has a lot of questions surrounding the bottom of the rotation with Scott Feldman and rookie Justin Grimm. And with Neftali Feliz going on the 60-day disabled list, someone needs to step up for the lack of production from Feldman and the uncertainty of Grimm.
The 23-year-old rookie Grimm recorded his first victory in his major league career on Saturday, albeit against the Houston Astros. He went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. His next projected start is the opener against the Rockies at home on Friday.
Feldman has been a major disappointment for the Texas pitching staff, having gone 0-6 with an ERA of 6.5. He also hasn't pitched at least six innings in any start he's made this season.
With Oswalt having pitched very well over the course of his minor league stint, along with Derek Holland on the verge of returning from the DL, the Texas rotation is going to be somewhat at full strength for the first time since earlier in the season.
The good part is that the Rangers have been taking care of the teams that they should beat. But the real test will come after the Colorado series, when they welcome the Detroit Tigers back to Arlington for the first time since last year's ALCS.
If he's not pitching by the time Colorado comes to town, then hopefully Oswalt will be available for Detroit.