Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is concerned about the depth of his starting rotation, but has not made any inquiries about free-agent hurler Roy Oswalt, according to MLB.com.
“The depth is an issue for us,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I think it is for a lot of clubs, but depth is an issue, and if we’ve got to reach down and grab somebody else if somebody else goes down, we’ll have to get somebody who’s pitching as well … and make that assessment of who that guy is.”
“We think (Oswalt’s) throwing,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I guess he is. But right now what I’m worried about is our team playing better. That’s my focus right now. I feel comfortable with the starters we have. If we get to the point where we’re not comfortable with him then that might be something we explore. But I will tell you that right now I’m happy with our guys the way we are right now, unless something changes. I think we’ve got other fish to fry right now.”
Oswalt went 9-10 for the Phillies last season while posting a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts. The former All-Star was unable to find a team this winter.
The Phillies rotation took a blow this week when Vance Worley went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.