Washington says Oswalt declined to pitch
Manager wanted right-hander to throw a third inning against KC
KANSAS CITY -- Roy Oswalt made his second appearance as a reliever for the Rangers on Sunday. The Rangers don't know if there will be a third one. Oswalt's situation has become murky after what happened at Kauffman Stadium.Oswalt pitched two scoreless innings in the Rangers' 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Royals. With the score tied at 6, he set down the side in order in the seventh and eighth innings while throwing only 30 pitches. The Rangers wanted Oswalt to keep pitching. He declined to do so. "He said he couldn't go any further," manager Ron Washington said. "He said he had enough." Oswalt declined to comment on the situation at Fenway Park on Monday. Assistant general manager Thad Levine said the club has talked to Oswalt about his desire to start, but it has made it clear to him that he will be used out of the bullpen. Levine declined to say if Oswalt has asked to be traded.
Oswalt was moved to the bullpen after six starts when the Rangers acquired Ryan Dempster from the Cubs on Tuesday. Oswalt made it clear to the Rangers that he didn't want to pitch in relief. The Rangers still made the decision because Scott Feldman had won six straight while Oswalt was 3-2 with a 6.49 ERA in his six starts.Oswalt was not available after the game to discuss his situation. The Rangers open a three-game series with the Red Sox on Monday in Boston. What happens next will be up to Oswalt, or general manager Jon Daniels may have to resolve the issue.
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