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Roy Oswalt


X-rays were negative on Oswalt's right wrist, but manager Phil Garner was uncertain whether Oswalt would make his next scheduled start, in Milwaukee on Saturday. Oswalt was hit by Ronny Cedeno's line drive in the seventh inning of Monday's 3-0 loss. He stayed in the game and finished the inning, but was done after that. "He's very sore and we're in the ol' day-to-day," Garner said. "I don't know now if he's going to be able to make his next start. I'm hoping that he will."


Astros starter Oswalt was hit in the right wrist by Ronny Cedeno's line drive in the seventh Monday. He retired two batters to finish the inning, then left the game and was listed as day-to-day.


Oswalt was selected on Friday to replace the injured Pedro Martinez on the NL All-Star team. It will be the second consecutive All-Star appearance for Oswalt, who is 7-4 with a 3.10 ERA this season. The MVP of the 2005 NLCS, the right-hander is the only pitcher who's won 20 games in each of the past two seasons, and his 46 victories since the start of 2004 are the most in the majors.


Oswalt is expected to miss his next scheduled start for the Astros due to back spasms. The right-hander has not pitched since a 3-1 Houston loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, when he threw six scoreless innings, allowing seven hits with five strikeouts.


Oswalt was pulled before Sunday's game with back spasms just minutes before his scheduled start. The Houston Astros starting pitcher said his back began bothering him two days ago and that it worsened when he was warming up before the game. He said he threw about 20 pitches when he realized he wouldn't be able to play. "It felt like somebody hit me in the back," he said. "I've never had back problems so I don't know what to expect with this."


Oswalt will make his fourth straight opening day start for the Houston Astros on Monday. The 28-year-old right-hander, coming off a second straight 20-win season, will face the Florida Marlins. The franchise record for consecutive opening day assignments is five, shared by J.R. Richard (1976-80), Mike Scott (1987-91) and Shane Reynolds (1996-2000).


For a second time in the NLCS, Oswalt was dominant against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, allowing three hits and a run over seven innings to secure a 5-1 win that put the Houston Astros into the World Series for the first time. The Astros' righthander didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. By then, Houston held a 3-0 lead, and the Astros never let the Cardinals get close. Chad Qualls and Dan Wheeler worked the final two frames.


Oswalt was masterful on Thursday night, working seven innings and allowing only a single run on an Albert Pujols home run in the sixth frame. The Houston righthander allowed five hits and three walks, en route to a 4-1 victory that tied the NLCS at a game apiece.


After allowing nine hits and three runs in six innings against the Mets on Sunday, Oswalt said he's going through a dead-arm period. He said he didn't have his best legs either, noting that he feared he would have a bad outing based on how he felt in the bullpen before the game.


Oswalt went the distance in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, notching the ninth complete game of his major league career and fourth of the 2005 campaign. The Astros' righthander, who has won eight of his last nine starts, allowed just one run on eight hits, struck out nine and walked one to improve to 14-8 on the season.


Oswalt did not appear to be bothered by the minor soreness and swelling in the index finger on his left (non-pitching) hand in Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals, scattering six hits over eight shutout innings. The Astros' righthander, who suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch in his previous outing, struck out six and did not walk a batter. He now has won eight of his last 10 starts.


Oswalt is battling some soreness and swelling in the index finger on his left (non-pitching) hand, an injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. The Astros' righthander does not think the ailment will force him to miss a start, and he has been listed as day-to-day.


Oswalt notched his third complete game of the 2005 campaign and eighth of his major league career, going the distance in Monday's 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Astros' righthander allowed one run on five hits, struck out six and walked two. He has won six of his last seven starts, including five straight.


Oswalt silenced the Diamondbacks' bats in Tuesday's meeting with Arizona, scattering five hits over eight shutout innings to notch his fifth win of the 2005 campaign. The Astros' righthander, who struck out eight and walked one, improved to 5-4 in nine starts this season and improved his ERA to 3.50.

Oswalt had lost three of his last four starts, but appeared to be in control on Tuesday. The Astros have averaged just two runs in each of the games Oswalt has dropped this year.


Oswalt was removed from the Astros' lineup in the sixth inning of Sunday's victory over the Chicago Cubs, due to a sprained right foot. After the game, the righthander was walking without a limp and said he did not think the injury is serious. Prior to his departure, Oswalt allowed two earned runs on 10 hits, struck out one and walked two to record the win.

Oswalt has no pain when he walks, but experiences some discomfort while pushing off the mound. He will be re-evaluated on Monday to determine the extent of the injury, so for now, consider him as day-to-day. In six starts this season, Oswalt is 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA and one complete game.


Oswalt notched his third consecutive win and sixth complete game of his major league career, going the distance in Wednesday's victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Astros' righthander gave up just one run on four hits, struck out eight and did not allow a walk, all while battling a minor illness.

Oswalt struck out two batters in each of his first two starts this season, but has fanned 17 in his last two outings combined. For the year, he is 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.