35-year-old right-hander Roy Oswalt signed with the Rockies on May 2 and made his first start in extended spring training today, throwing 43 pitches over three innings of work. He allowed four runs, but only one was earned due to three first-inning errors.
MLB.com’s Thomas Harding called Oswalt’s fastball velocity “decent” and added some details about his contract:
Oswalt will receive $15,000 per month in the Minors and will earn a pro-rated portion of a $2.3 million Major League salary. If he is not on the Rockies’ roster on June 18 or June 28, he can request his release if not added to the roster within 72 hours.
Oswalt will make one or more starts in extended spring training before being assigned to the Minors. Troy Renck of the Denver Post suggests Oswalt will join the Tulsa Drillers, the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate.
Cardinals starter Shelby Miller completely outclassed the Rockies’ offense tonight, throwing a one-hit shutout at Busch Stadium. The Rockies entered the night with the National League’s best offense, averaging five runs per game, but after a lead-off single by Eric Young in the first inning, they couldn’t muster any semblance of a threat as the Cardinals went on to win 3-0. Miller, the Cardinals’ first round pick (19th overall) in 2009, retired the final 27 hitters he faced, striking out 13 of them as he lowered his ERA on the season to 1.58.
Miller’s performance adds to the Cardinals’ dominating starting rotation. Their aggregate 2.20 ERA is best in baseball by a long shot, outpacing the Tigers at 3.22. The high-quality innings from the rotation is a welcome sight as the Cardinals bring up the rear in bullpen ERA at 5.14, especially brutal having lost closer Jason Motte for the season to Tommy John surgery.
The Cardinals scored once in the second on a Pete Kozma RBI single, once in the third on a Carlos Beltran home run, and once in the fifth on a Jon Jay sacrifice fly. The win moves the Cardinals to 22-12 and they remain three games ahead of the Reds in the NL Central.
Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter tossed a 75-pitch bullpen this afternoon and came away feeling “strong”. The right-hander missed most of the 2012 season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder and was expected to miss all of 2013 with shoulder, neck, and arm issues.
GM John Mozeliak told the media recently, though, that Carpenter could return to the team as a member of the bullpen. The 38-year-old’s continued progress has him inching ever closer to a summer return, which is welcome news for the Cardinals as they watched closer Jason Motte undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has more:
What’s next is more bullpen sessions for Carpenter, who said he would have a better idea at the end of the Cardinals’ current homestand as to when he’ll get in games. He said Friday’s session was his fourth or fifth time in the bullpen, and he’s felt no pain and no numbness.
“I’m going to continue to throw bullpens,” he said. “Just continue to get some work up there, continue to put some stress on my arm and see what happens. I’ve had no problems, no issues, no setbacks so far, and my arm feels strong. I’m feeling good about it. I’ll continue to do it.”