The Texas Rangers have announced right-hander Roy Oswalt as their starting pitcher Friday for the opener of a 10-game homestand.
Oswalt was signed in late May to help overcome the loss of Neftali Feliz, and since then the rotation has also lost Derek Holland. Holland is expected back within a couple weeks, but Feliz will be out until after the All-Star break. His role upon regaining the health in his elbow is uncertain.
Oswalt threw 100 pitches Sunday in his fourth minor-league start since agreeing to terms, and club officials who watched him work over six innings determined that he was ready to join the club. Scott Feldman, who had been holding down Feliz's spot, will resume his role as the long man in the bullpen.
Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Justin Grimm and Yu Darvish will follow Oswalt. Grimm got the nod over Feldman because of the Rangers' need in the bullpen and also because they felt Grimm deserved another chance after winning his big-league debut Saturday.
The Rangers will need to clear a spot on the 25-man and 40-man rosters for Oswalt. They can create the 25-man spot if Mitch Moreland has to go on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Only 2,000 reserved seats remain for Friday's game.
Oswalt participated in a conference call while driving to Arlington from Round Rock. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday that Nolan Ryan watched. Here are a few highlights:
On what he accomplished in minors: "The biggest thing down here was to build some arm strength and get back into pitching shape. Until you get out there and compete against hitters, there's nothing to duplicate that."
On readiness for major leagues: "I feel like I'm to the point now where if I stay down here and throw another seven innings, they don't really need me down there. It might take a game here or there to get acclimated back to the big-leagues and the pace of the game. But my arm strength is there and my body feels great."
On competitive juices: "That's what you play for, to get back out in the competition. You miss that when you're not around it."
On joining Rangers: "I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to going out there and helping these guys get back to the playoffs."
On physical condition: "I feel great. I don't have any complications anywhere right now. The biggest thing is to get a couple starts where you get your muscle memory going."
-- Jeff Wilson