Oswalt doesn't expect regular rotation work

Oswalt doesn't expect regular rotation work

ARLINGTON -- Though he will be making his second start in five days, Roy Oswalt does not see himself as a starting pitcher.

Oswalt will be making another spot start on Thursday when he takes over for Yu Darvish, who was scratched with tightness in his right quad. When Ryan Dempster did not make the trip to Toronto last week for personal reasons, Oswalt started and gave up one run in 4 2/3 innings as the Rangers beat the Blue Jays, 2-1, last Saturday.

"I don't think I'm in the rotation. I think I'm just making another start," Oswalt said. "I'm just doing what I'm told. If they tell me I need to start Thursday, that's what I'll do. They haven't explained what kind of role I'm in."

Oswalt went 3-2 with a 6.49 ERA in his first six starts this year before being moved to the bullpen when the Rangers acquired Dempster at the Trade Deadline last month. Since then, Oswalt is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in four appearances, three of them as a reliever, and is holding opponents to a .194 batting average.

"Nothing really changed to me," Oswalt said. "It's just a matter of time before I get going. I'm not going to go up there and throw up a 1.00 ERA all year, but I have thrown up a 2.00 before. It's just a matter of time before it comes around."