Roy Oswalt placed on disabled list with lower back inflammation

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Roy Oswalt, who was scratched from Saturday’s scheduled start with lower back inflammation, was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list following last night’s loss to the Braves.

Oswalt originally felt something in his back when he was pulled from a start against the Marlins back on April 16. He hasn’t pitched in a game since April 26 due to his recent trip home to Mississippi, but tells Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that his condition hasn’t improved.

“It hasn’t really gotten any better,” Oswalt said. “I could probably pitch Saturday, but I couldn’t promise anything on results. We’ll give it a few more days to see how it feels, and maybe throw Sunday or Monday on the side and see where I’m at and kind of go from there.”

Because Oswalt’s stint on the disabled list was backdated, he is eligible to return as soon as next Friday against the Braves. Of course, given his rust, the Phillies might want him to pitch a few innings in a minor league rehab game first.

Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.