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Rangers are interested in Roy Oswalt

HOUSTON -- Rangers president Nolan Ryan told MLB.com Friday that his club is interested in trading for Astros starter Roy Oswalt.

Ryan spoke to MLB.com prior to the first game of the Rangers-Astros three-game series at Minute Maid Park on Friday night. Ryan was not available following the Rangers' 9-3 victory.

However, Ryan told MLB that he has a fondness for Oswalt, whom he mentored when he was a special assistant to the Astros.

"You know, we definitely are looking to improve our ballclub, and when you have an opportunity, or might have an opportunity, to acquire someone like that, you have to look at it and evaluate it and see if that's a possibility and see if it's doable," Ryan said.

The Rangers have issues with their starting pitching, and there is uncertanity as to who will pitch next Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

Starters Derek Holland and Rich Harden, are on the disabled list. Holland suffered a setback when he tweaked his right knee during a fielding session in Surprise, Ariz., on Friday morning. Holland was at the Rangers training complex because he has inflammation in his left rotator cuff.

Harden received an anti-inflammatory injection to his lower back for a muscle strain and won't pitch on the side until early next week.

When told about Ryan's interest in him, Oswalt told MLB.com: "I'm open. Just have to wait and see what works for both of us."

Ryan did say talks with the Astros concerning Oswalt have not occurred as of yet.

"I think he's phenomenal," Ryan. "I think he's been one of the top four or five pitchers in the league for quite a while. He's a big-game pitcher and consistent with his stuff, as we see this year, with the way he's approached each game he's been in. He's special."

Oswalt, who is 5-8 with a 3.12 ERA, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against San Francisco.