Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that Roy Oswalt is being called up from the minors and will get the start for the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.
To make room for the move, it looks like the Rockies will be doing something with embattled starter Jeff Francis. Renck reports that Francis’ locker was cleared out Wednesday, and that he would not be re-joining the team in Washington when that series begins tomorrow.
Francis has struggled of late in Colorado, going just 2-5 through 11 starts with a 6.58 ERA. Most recently, he allowed eight runs in six innings in Tuesday night’s loss to Toronto, and a decision was made that the team – which is in the thick of the NL West race – could no longer afford to keep Francis as part of its rotation.
What, precisely, the Rockies do with Francis remains to be seen. A roster move is not expected to be officially announced until Thursday. Francis could remain with the organization if he agrees to take a Triple-A assignment, otherwise his time with Colorado may be over.
The Rockies signed Oswalt to a minor-league deal on May 2. The veteran right hander and three-time All Star reported to extended Spring Training before being assigned to Double-A Tulsa. The hope was that the 35-year-old would eventually make his way to the big-league rotation. That plan comes to fruition tomorrow; now we see if the signing pays off.
Oswalt last pitched in the majors in mid-2012 for the Texas Rangers, and things did not go so well. He went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA before being shifted from rotation to bullpen, where he continued to struggle. If the Rockies’ investment in Oswalt pays off, it could propel them to a playoff spot.