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Roy Oswalt Sent to Bullpen After Rangers Acquire Dempster

Posted by Robby Donoho | July 31, 2012 / 07:55pm | Local Sports
ARLINGTON, Tex. (WCBI/Dallas Morning News) -- Only minutes after acquiring RHP Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, the Rangers informed RHP Roy Oswalt that he was being moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen.

The club's plan, according to manager Ron Washington, is that Dempster will start the finale of the four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. That means LHP Matt Harrison and the rest of the rotation will be be bumped back a day. It's unclear, however, whether the Rangers will bump RHP Scott Feldman back a day or push him to the end of the rotation.

If the Rangers simply keep everyone in order following Dempster's debut, Harrison would pitch Friday at Kansas City followed by Feldman and Tuesday starter LHP Derek Holland. RHP Yu Darvish would open the Rangers' series at Boston on August 6.

In six starts, Oswalt has compiled a 6.49 ERA and has allowed opponents a batting average of .358. Los Angeles racked up 11 hits in 5.1 innings against him on Monday on the way to a 15-8 win. Oswalt on Monday said he could not find his arm slot, a problem that he also mentioned in his first three starts for the Rangers.

Oswalt has made 13 relief appearances in his career, but only five since his rookie season of 2001.
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