Oswalt ailing, Adams held back, Ross back soon

Oswalt ailing, Adams held back, Ross back soon

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt, who is sidelined with a strained right forearm, played catch on Thursday and experienced more discomfort in his arm. It's the first time he tried to throw since his two-inning start against the Rays on Sunday, and he won't throw for a few more days. At some point this weekend, he will be re-evaluated, but this is a setback of some degree.

Reliever Mike Adams, who is sidelined with a strained trapezius muscle in his right shoulder, did not do any throwing on Thursday and remains unavailable out of the bullpen. He felt the muscle tighten up on him while pitching in the eighth inning on Tuesday night.

The Rangers should get Robbie Ross back this weekend. He has been on the disabled list since Aug. 30 with tightness in his left forearm, but threw in the bullpen on Wednesday without any problems. He will have another bullpen session on Friday and could be activated as early as Saturday.

"We'll get it up to full speed," Ross said. "Yesterday it was about 75 percent. But it feels good. I feel like I'll be ready to go pretty soon."

Ross originally felt he could have pitched through the injury, but admitted the time off has been helpful.

"It's been nice," Ross said. "At first I didn't think I needed it, but I think it's done some good. I think I needed it in the long run. It's a long season and it would be over if I was in the Minor Leagues. It's a lot different here, and the workload is different in the bullpen than in the rotation when I was in the Minors."