Now Commenting On:

Rockies select contract of RHP Roy Oswalt


DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club selected the contract right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt from Double-A Tulsa. To make room on the active roster, the Rockies optioned left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room on the 40-man roster for Oswalt, the Rockies designated right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad for assignment. Oswalt (#44) will start tonight’s Rockies at Nationals game at National Park (5:05 p.m. MDT).

Oswalt, 35, is joining his fourth Major League team in Colorado, having previously played for Houston (2001-2010), Philadelphia (2010-11) and Texas (2012). In 356 career Major League games/335 starts, Oswalt is 163-96 with a 3.28 ERA (2213.0 ip, 807 er), 511 walks and 1,818 strikeouts. Oswalt’s 163 career victories are the 9th-most among active Major League pitchers. The Kosciusko, MS native made five starts for Double-A Tulsa prior to his contract being selected, going 3-2 with a 2.16 ERA (33.1 ip, 10 er), 7 walks and 25 strikeouts.

Francis, 32, has made 11 starts in the Majors for the Rockies this season, going 2-5 with a 6.58 ERA (52.0 ip, 38 er), 17 walks and 43 strikeouts. Francis is a veteran of nine Major League seasons with Colorado (2004-2010, 2012-13) and Kansas City (2011), going 69-78 with a 4.93 ERA (1230.2 ip, 674 er), 365 walks and 813 strikeouts. Francis was re-signed by Colorado during the offseason, who originally selected the left-hander in the first round (9th overall) of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

Volstad, 26, has made six relief appearances for the Rockies this season, going 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA (8.1 ip, 10 er). He has spent the balance of the 2013 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs where he has gone 4-1 with a 4.79 ERA (47.0 ip, 25 er) in 10 games/nine starts for the Sky Sox. Volstad has pitched in the Major Leagues in each of the last six seasons with Florida (2008-11), the Chicago Cubs (2012) and Colorado (2013). The Palm Beach Gardens, FL native is 35-51 with a 4.94 ERA (703.2 ip, 386 er) in 130 games/123 starts in the Majors.

The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.


Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español