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Roy Oswalt Makes His First Minor League Start For The Rangers

Now that Roy Oswalt has passed his physical he can now begin to work his way back to the major leagues, and his first start is tonight. Oswalt has said that he will need four starts before he can join the Texas Rangers staff.

His road to return for the Rangers begins Saturday night by pitching for AAA Round Rock and even though he says his body and arm feels great he is on a strict pitch count and will probably only throw to or three innings, but nothing more than that on Saturday night.

Pitching coach Mike Maddox who has a plan in place to get Oswalt back to the majors:

"You bump up your pitch count 15 to 20 pitches per outing over what you did last time," Maddux said. "It's basically a spring training, only it's five days instead of six."

Assuming all goes to Maddox's plan Oswalt should be with the Rangers in three weeks.

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