The longer he spoke, the worse it sounded.
The back pain that plagued Roy Oswalt
at the end of April is worse now, the 33-year-old right-hander said Thursday in St. Louis.
It forced him out of the game after just two innings. It will require an MRI Monday. It will almost certainly prevent him from making his next start.
It could very well put him back on the disabled list.
Here's what Oswalt said, in its entirety.Q: You've been downplaying this before, do you think its more of an issue now?
Roy Oswalt: "It's been bothering me for a little while. My last start in Seattle, a couple of pitches. And then tonight, I didn't really get started too good."Q: Plan on seeing a doctor?
Roy O: "I'm getting an MRI Monday." Q: Better to rest than try to pitch through it?
Roy O: "(Wait until) what the doctors say, (we'll) compare it to the last MRI I had a year or two ago and see where it's at. At this point I'm not really helping the team. I'm kind of a liability more than anything. See where I'm at. And if it's something I have to get fixed, I have to get it fixed. To see where it's at, I don't know. I don't know where it's at."Q: Can you compare to earlier this season?
Roy O: "A little worse than it was in the beginning of the season."Q: Hard to exit a game like that?
Roy O: "I really wasn't productive. I was more heaving the ball than throwing the ball. I tried to get out of a jam, had one of the guys strikeout and then couldn't get the ball in enough on Theriot. We’ll see what it looks like Monday. I don't think it does any good to keep going out there, not when you're going 6 innigns at a time. I tried to stay in as long as I could..."Q: Feel it in pregame bullpen?
Roy O: "I've felt it for the last couple of days."Q: You say you felt it in Seattle?
Roy O: "Yeah, it bit me on a changeup in the third inning in Seattle. I pitched through it. It didn't really get any better."
Q: Was that first time it returned since you were back from DL?
Roy O: "I've felt it for a little while."
Q: What did MRI from a year or two ago reveal?
Roy O: "Two degenerated discs."Q: Surgery a possibility?
Roy O: "I don’t know. It hasn’t gotten to the point where it’s bulged yet, I don’t think. Hopefully not. That’s the doctor’s stuff. They know more about it than I do. Just see where I’m at. At this point, you can’t do but what you can do when you get out there."Q: Why wait til Monday for MRI?
Roy O: "I don’t know. I don’t know."Q: Like to have it done sooner?
Roy O: "We had it scheduled for Monday. I think we’re going to go through with that."Q: Options from doctor last time?
Roy O: "You only get so many shots. After you get so many of them, stuff starts breaking off. I don’t want that to happen."Q: Last one you had was...?
Roy O: "A lot of them."Q: Have one this year?
Roy O: "I don’t know."Q: Frightened for future?
Roy O: "You throw as long as you can throw, and if you can’t throw no more, you can’t throw no more. I’m going to keep throwing as long as I can, and hopefully it’s not gotten to the point where I can’t throw no more. If it’s gotten to that point, then you’ve just gotten to accept it."Q: Last MRI early last season?
Roy O: "Yeah."Q: Take a shot then?
Roy O: "I’ve taken a lot of shots."Q: Expect to make expect start?
Roy O: "I don’t know. I doubt it."Q: Something on every pitch?
Roy O: "I feel it when I sit down, when I stand up, when I walk, pitch, sleep."Q: Think about career?
Roy O: "I’ve had a pretty good one. I don’t know. I’m going to do what’s best for the team. If I can’t pitch, I can’t pitch. I’m not going to keep going out there and being a liability where the bullpen has to pick me up. If it’s gotten to that point, it’s gotten to that point. We’ll just see what the doctor says on the MRI and then go from there."Q: Why pitch through pain?
Roy O: "I don’t want to be labeled a quitter. Keep throwing, and everybody goes through aches and pains. I thought maybe I could pitch through it and make it to the All-Star break and maybe get a few more days off. But I didn’t quite make it."