DENVER -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss applauded the organization's move to sign veteran three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt, a right-hander who is working at extended spring training and most likely will join Double-A Tulsa before slotting into the Rockies' rotation.
Oswalt, 35, is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in five career starts at Coors Field, so his pitching style is proven not to be affected by the unique, hitter-friendly air.
The Rockies have some youthful talent on the starting staff, both in the Majors (Juan Nicasio, Tyler Chatwood) and at Triple-A Colorado Springs (Drew Pomeranz, Christian Friedrich). To allow them to develop, the club has been gradually adding veterans such as Jon Garland, who will pitch against the Rays on Saturday, and Aaron Cook, who struggled initially, but is coming off a positive outing in his last start for Colorado Springs.
Weiss said Oswalt, who has been facing hitters in Mississippi and appears to be not far from game shape, was signed for more than just an impressive resume.
"He's got the wisdom, but I think he's still got the stuff to go along with that wisdom," Weiss said.
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