When I first read the statement I was pi$$ed about it. A second reading led me to question if it was more about him running out of gas. Obviously his pitching did not reflect it.
He'd pitched 9 inning in the past week which is probably 3 more than what he probably thought he'd be doing when collecting hiss 4.5MM paycheck. Will be interesting to see the resolution. You release him you still pay him. You put himback in rotation you.lose games and upaset everyone else. A trade will be difficult to pull off as well.
This signing definitely did not go as they envisioned.
This is a huge story that can only end in controversy. If Roy refuses to come out of the pen, can his contract be voided? If he agrees to work out of the pen, how much faith will you have that he'll give his appearances proper effort? If the Rangers relent and, put him back in the rotation, who will that effect?
Lots of unanswered questions on this one. The sad thing is, he looked GREAT yesterday.
He could very well have kept his mouth shut and pitched his way back in the rotation over the next few weeks. Based on how others have performed it seems likely. By forcing the situation at his own desired pace it does nothing but undermine team chemistry.
If he refuses to pitch in relief they could suspend him and not pay him and that gets complicated. I just have trouble believing that will be the course of action. At a minimum he's probably on waivers to see if there is another team interested but we all know that's unlikely.
The lack of a public response from the team makes me think they are looking for him to apologize and move on, or most likely, looking for the cheapest way to exit the situation.
If they succumb to his desire to return to the rotation I'd have serious issues as a player on this team.
If it was just a question of Oswalt being "gassed," then Washington would not have left him out to dry like that in his statement.
Oswalt was having a hissy fit: how dare I, the great Roy Oswalt, be relegated to the bullpen in favor of Scott Feldman?
I don't think this really has anything to do with Oswalt being physically tired and not being able to throw more than 30 pitches. He wants to be a starter but can't go more than 2 innings in relief?
Wash is the one that made something out of this and, Oswalt escalated it by not being accessable after the game. Still no comments from either side. Both the Rangers and Oswalt could squelch this whole thing if they wanted to. If they stay silent, the media and fans will turn this into a firestorm.
T.R. Sullivan, Evan Grant, and the other beat reporters usually have a pretty good idea about what's going on with the team and that's the way they're reporting it.
Oswalt may have never wanted to come out of games he started but he's never pitched in relief so you can't compare the two situations. He stated pretty emphatically that he didn't want to pitch out of the bullpen. Now he's showing his true character and making it about himself instead of about the team.