Roy Oswalt has bulging disc, likely out until August

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Roy Oswalt suggested earlier this week that the back discomfort he’s been experiencing since May could be career-altering. He may been overreacting a bit, but the injury is most definitely serious.

According to ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, Oswalt has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back and is likely to be sidelined until August.

Oswalt, 33, has posted a quality 3.79 ERA in 13 starts this season for Philadelphia and will certainly be missed over the next month-plus. But the National League East-leading Phillies have their eyes on a bigger prize and will play it safe with the veteran starter to ensure that he is healthy for autumn baseball.

Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick are expected to man the Phillies’ vacant rotation spot in the meantime.