Phillies release Roy Oswalt after fastball drops to 91 mph
Updated: May 13, 2011

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The Phillies cut ties with pitcher Roy Oswalt on Friday after the velocity on the former ace’s fastball dropped to a mere 91 mph during a rehab start with the Clearwater Threshers on Thursday.

Out since April 26 to tend to his family after tornadoes swept through his home in Mississippi, Oswalt allowed an unprecedented seven hits and three earned runs in just five innings of work, signaling the end of his brief Phillies career.

“We hoped Roy would be back to pitch for us at some point, but obviously he is no longer fit to play professional baseball,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro. “We wish him all the best in whatever he chooses to do with his life, but with a pathetic 91 mph fastball, that doesn’t leave him very many career options.”

The Phillies also announced that Chase Utley survived a harrowing jog to first base during a rehab game on Thursday and while the infielder was visibly shaken, he is now resting comfortably at a local hospital.

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One Response to “Phillies release Roy Oswalt after fastball drops to 91 mph”

  1. Chris on May 13th, 2011 2:16 pm

    You missed the real story here. Phillies players play a home game and it wasn’t a sellout. This in turn, led to a letdown by the players, playing in mediocrity as a result. Was actually nice to see the Phillies and Comcast to show the Thresher’s game last night. GO PHILLIES!!!

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