Oswalt, Grimm factor into rotation decisions

Oswalt, Grimm factor into rotation decisions

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, with many things still unknown, have not made a decision about their rotation beyond their three-game series with the Padres that starts Monday in San Diego. Manager Ron Washington said he hasn't conferred with pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins about the rotation beyond that.

Right now, Justin Grimm is in the rotation and his turn would fall on Friday. But the Rangers, who have a day off on Thursday, haven't committed to that yet.

"We're going to wait and see how Mike and Hawk want to run it off the break," Washington said.

The Rangers have multiple factors to consider, most notably Roy Oswalt. He was scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday night, and it will be his fourth start in the Minors since signing with the Rangers as a free agent. He was scheduled to throw approximately 100 pitches.

Oswalt has a 7.71 ERA in his first three starts, opponents have hit .341 off him and he has yet to pitch more than four innings in a start. But if he pitches well on Sunday night, the Rangers could insert him into the rotation on Friday. The other option would be to start Grimm on Friday against the Rockies and give Oswalt at least one more start in the Minors.

The Rangers have Matt Harrison, Scott Feldman and Yu Darvish scheduled to pitch in the three-game series against the Padres. Feldman is 0-6 with a 6.50 ERA and the Rangers could decide to replace him in the rotation with either Grimm or Oswalt.