Roy Oswalt to rejoin Phillies’ rotation Sunday versus Giants

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Two solid rehab starts convinced the Phillies that Roy Oswalt is ready to return from a six-week back injury, so they’ll activate him from the disabled list for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

Oswalt last pitched on June 23, allowing four runs in two innings, and once he was placed on the DL speculation started about the back problems potentially forcing him into retirement.

Instead his fastball was reportedly clocked in the low-90s during six innings of two-run ball Monday at Triple-A, with Oswalt saying afterward that he “feels great” and is no longer in any pain.

Kyle Kendrick did a very nice job filling in for Oswalt, throwing 40 innings with a 3.15 ERA despite just 20 strikeouts, but he’ll likely be pushed back to the bullpen while Vance Worley remains a starter.