On Saturday, Oswalt made his third start in an extended spring training game. Facing some young Milwaukee farmhands. He threw 68 pitches in five innings, allowing a leadoff bunt single and no other hits with no walks while striking out nine.
Now it's time for Oswalt, 35, to face more experienced hitters.
He is scheduled to pitch Friday for Tulsa and throw up to 75 pitches, followed by up to 90 pitches on May 29 and June 4 before the limit rises to 105 pitches on June 9 and June 14. At that point, the Rockies will evaluate Oswalt for a possible spot in the starting staff.
Bill Geivett, the Rockies' senior vice president of major league operations, watched video of Oswalt's starts in extended spring training and was impressed.
"I saw the majority of his (Saturday) outing, and he had very good command." Geivett said. "It looked like from watching the first couple starts before that one, certainly shaking the rust off was what he was going through. It was spring training, and he would get a little sharper the third or fourth time out."
Oswalt, 35, made 17 appearances (nine starts) for the Rangers last year, finishing 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA.
In 12 major league seasons for Houston, Philadelphia and Texas, Oswalt is 163-96 with a 3.28 ERA. He was a three-time All-Star during his years with the Astros, and six times he finished in the top six in National League Cy Young Award balloting.
As the Rockies wait for Oswalt, the starting staff has been up and down. Monday's starter, Jon Garland, allowed 11 hits and five runs in six innings during a 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.
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RF Michael Cuddyer (inflamed neck disk) was scheduled to fly to Phoenix on Monday night and will play Tuesday and Wednesday in extended spring training games. Barring any setback, Cuddyer will play for the Rockies at San Francisco on Friday when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. He will bat in every inning in games at Scottsdale, Ariz., and play right field and first base, likely five to seven innings. Cuddyer is hitting .319 in 31 games with seven homers and 23 RBIs in addition to a .383 on-base percentage and a .580 slugging percentage.
RHP Jhoulys Chacin, who pitches Tuesday against Arizona, is coming off a forgettable start. He was handed a 6-0 after three innings Thursday against the Giants but gave up eight runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings and took the loss as the Rockies fell 8-6. Chacin held the Diamondbacks scoreless for 6 1/3 innings on April 19 but was forced to leave with a back strain after throwing his 100th pitch. He wound up on the 15-day disabled list. Since his return May 5, Chacin has lost three straight starts with a 7.79 ERA, giving up 25 hits in 17 1/3 innings with eight walks and 10 strikeouts in that span.
RHP Jon Garland allowed a season-high 11 hits and five runs in six innings against Arizona. He lost his third straight start, following defeats at Chicago and St. Louis. In those three losses, Garland has yielded 25 hits and 11 runs in 16 innings for a 6.19 ERA. He's 0-3 in four road starts and 3-2 in five starts at Coors Field.
LHP Jeff Francis (left groin strain) plans to throw a bullpen session Tuesday. He said the groin hasn't fully recovered but is getting better. Francis was injured in the second inning of his May 14 start at Chicago but pitched six innings (80 pitches) and allowed three hits and one run. It was just the second time in eight starts that Francis pitched six innings. He is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list May 30.
SS Troy Tulowitzki had the first of three Rockies hits off Arizona LHP Patrick Corbin, a single in the fourth inning. Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to seven games, during which is hitting .406 (13-for-32) with three doubles, six RBIs and five runs.
"Put your team down like that, it's terrible. I've done it my last four or five starts. Coming to the plate, we know we have to put three or four runs up to get back into it."—RHP Jon Garland, who gave up four runs in the first four innings of the Rockies' 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.
LHP Jeff Francis (left groin strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 15. He was scheduled to throw a bullpen session May 21.
RF Michael Cuddyer (inflamed neck disk) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 9. He was scheduled to play in extended spring training May 21-22.
LHP Edwar Cabrera (left shoulder impingement) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 14. He threw a 45-pitch bullpen session April 5 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
LHP Jorge De La Rosa
RHP Juan Nicasio
RHP Jon Garland
RHP Jhoulys Chacin
RHP Tyler Chatwood
RHP Rafael Betancourt (closer)
RHP Matt Belisle
LHP Rex Brothers
RHP Wilton Lopez
RHP Adam Ottavino
RHP Edgmer Escalona
LHP Josh Outman
1B Todd Helton
2B Josh Rutledge
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Nolan Arenado
INF Jordan Pacheco
INF Jonathan Herrera
LF Carlos Gonzalez
CF Dexter Fowler
RF Charlie Blackmon
OF Eric Young Jr.