They hope so, anyway. Right-hander Joe Blanton pitched Monday against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium after spending time on the disabled list with a medial impingement in his right elbow. Right-hander Roy Oswalt could rejoin the rotation May 17 in St. Louis. Oswalt, who is on the disabled list with lower back inflammation, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday. If that goes well, he is expected to make a rehab appearance Thursday with Class A Clearwater.
"I didn't throw for six, seven days, pretty much," said Oswalt, who left the team recently to be with his family following tornado damage in Mississippi. "I'm starting to throw the ball better."
Oswalt last threw a bullpen session Sunday, and he said it went well.
"I could have pitched yesterday maybe and tricked some guys for a couple innings, but mentally and physically it probably wouldn't have been a good idea," Oswalt said.
Oswalt would not say the back problem is behind him, but he said it feels better.
"I don't have the feeling I had before," he said.