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Roy Oswalt now aiming to come off disabled list next Tuesday

Roy Oswalt

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, left, walks back to the dugout after warming up before the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Friday, April 15, 2011, in Philadelphia. Florida won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Along with activating Joe Blanton from the disabled list for tonight’s start the Phillies have also juggled their rotation, lining up Cole Hamels to pitch Friday because Roy Oswalt is now aiming to return next Tuesday.

Oswalt was initially penciled in to pitch this Friday, with Vance Worley waiting in the wings as the fill-in if needed, but apparently the Phillies don’t believe his back problems will have subsided by then and opted to alter the rotation instead.

Between his back injury and leaving the team to be with his family after the tornadoes in Mississippi, Oswalt hasn’t pitched since lasting just three innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on April 26.