Roy Oswalt ready to rejoin Phillies’ rotation after rehab start

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Roy Oswalt made his second rehab start yesterday, throwing six innings of two-run ball at Triple-A, and afterward declared himself ready to return from the disabled list.

Oswalt has been out since June 24 with a lower back injury, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that his fastball was clocked in the low-90s yesterday and he threw 61 of 90 pitches for strikes.

He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday and, if all goes well, will likely rejoin the Phillies’ rotation Saturday or Sunday against the Giants.

Oswalt told Hagen that his back “feels great” and “I don’t have any more pain,” which is quite a change from the initial fears that the injury might motivate him to retire at age 33.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.