Roy Oswalt is expected to make an announcement of some kind today

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UPDATE:  Or not St. Louis.  At this point I think Oswalt is going to announce where he intends to eat lunch later today.

UPDATE: Signs may be pointing to St. Louis, as Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch hears.  Heyman, meanwhile, is hearing that it’s not Boston or Texas.

7:46 AMRoy Oswalt’s agent tells Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston that he’s going to make an announcement today.  No one knows what that announcement is, however.  Edes says the Red Sox still have an interest in him.  Oswalt himself apparently has interest in the Rangers and Cardinals, though it’s unclear if they have space for him.

If you made me guess, I’d say that he’s going to agree to pitch for Boston. But I’m wondering if he’s not willing to go all Andy Pettitte/Roger Clemens with this thing and announce that he’s going to wait until midseason or something and be a hired gun for a playoff contender.

If he did that, I bet the money would be more or less the same as what he’d get by settling now. Of course that would require him expanding his horizons in terms of where he’d play. Not doing that is what seems to have gotten him where he is now: past pitchers and catchers reporting dates without having a team.

José Abreu undergoes lower abdominal surgery, expected out two weeks

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White Sox first baseman José Abreu underwent lower abdominal surgery on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It was an outpatient procedure that is expected to keep him away from baseball activity for two weeks.

Abreu, 31, was held out of Tuesday’s lineup, his first day off in more than two months. This season, Abreu has hit a productive .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 526 plate appearances.

The White Sox will likely play Matt Davidson at first base and put Daniel Palka at DH while Abreu is out.