Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Roy Oswalt will return to a major league
mound for the first time in more than eight months when the Rockies face the
Washington Nationals on Thursday, with Colorado officially selecting the
veteran hurler's contract from Double-A Tulsa.
Oswalt, a three-time All-Star with 163 career victories in the majors, was
signed to a minor league contract by the Rockies in May. The 35-year-old went
3-2 with a 2.16 earned run average in five appearances with Tulsa to prepare
for the starting assignment in Tuesday's matchup.
The right-hander spent last season with the Texas Rangers, but was not re-
signed after posting a career-worst 5.80 ERA in 17 games (nine starts) and
allowing 79 hits and 11 home runs over 59 innings.
Oswalt recorded back-to-back 20-win campaigns with the Astros in 2004 and
2005, but has gone just 13-13 with a 4.32 ERA while pitching for Philadelphia
and the Rangers over the past two seasons.
The Rockies also optioned Jeff Francis, the second-winningest pitcher in
franchise history, to Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move. To
make room for Oswalt on the 40-man roster, pitcher Chris Volstad was
designated for assignment.
Francis, a 17-game winner during Colorado's run to its only World Series
appearance in 2007, has struggled mightily this season. The 32-year-old lefty
went 2-5 with a 6.58 ERA in 11 starts and was rocked for eight runs and 10
hits over six innings in his most recent outing, an 8-3 loss at Toronto on
Volstad, who won a career-high 12 games for the Marlins in 2010, allowed 10
runs and 19 hits over 8 1/3 innings in six relief appearances with Colorado
earlier this season.
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