Good news out of Lehigh Valley.
Roy Oswalt feels good and is ready to return to Philadelphia for the final stretch of the season. Having been sidelined since late June with bulging disks in his back, Oswalt now says his velocity is up and there is no more pain his back.
After going six strong innings, Oswalt wrapped up his rehab assignment and is ready to rejoin the team for their west coast trip to San Francisco. Oswalt's schedule has him due to start Saturday against the Giants. However, that is also the day Cole Hamels is next slated to start.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee has not committed to either pitcher yet but has hinted that Oswalt may get the nod to afford Hamels an extra day of rest.
While this is good news for the Phils, it does leave one lingering question—who do they send down to make room for Oswalt?
This is a list of the top candidates.