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Rockies | Roy Oswalt close to promotion?

Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts for Double-A Tulsa and appears very close to joining the team's starting rotation. His fastball is in the low 90s and his arm strength has not been an issue. Oswalt allowed one run and three hits while striking out six and walking one in six innings in his last start. If everything goes well in his next start Tuesday, June 4, he could be called up as early as June 11. He can opt out of his contract if he's not on the major league roster on June 18 and June 28. SP Jon Garland seems to be the most vulnerable to losing his rotation gig. SP Juan Nicasio has minor league options remaining, but manager Walt Weiss likes his talent and potential.

SP Jeff Francis (ankle) is eligible to return from the disabled list and is also an option to replace Nicasio in the rotation. SP Drew Pomeranz is 6-1 at Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he is still inconsistent with his fastball and curveball. He doesn't appear ready to return to the big leagues until he gets that straightened out.

Fantasy Tip: Oswalt is worth an addition to your NL-only pitching staff if you have holes. At best, though, he'd be a spot starter based on matchups in deep mixed leagues. Wait to see if he still has the stuff to get hitters out at Coors Field.

2013-06-04 14:35:52 | Source: The Denver Post - Patrick Saunders

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