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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Buzz: Roy Oswalt says 2 innings about right

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers reliever Roy Oswalt, who has been dealing with forearm discomfort, pitched two scoreless innings Monday. He hadn't pitched since starting Sept. 9 at Tampa Bay, meaning he was able to deal with any rust in the outing.

"I was surprised I had good command," Oswalt said. "I kept the ball where I wanted it."

Oswalt said he was a little sore after and when asked if two innings is about right for him with the forearm discomfort, he said yes.

"It would be hard to throw four innings right now," Oswalt said.

Oswalt said he's not trying to think about the postseason roster, instead focusing on hopefully getting another appearance or two in the final week of games. Oswalt said he doesn't plan on throwing today and will see how his arm feels Wednesday.

Manager Ron Washington said he was pleased with how Oswalt responded and that he'll continue in that role when needed in middle relief.

Other notes:

* Mike Olt said his foot is feeling better. He took swings in the cages and was planning on running. He wasn't sure if that meant running on a treadmill, in a pool or on the field.

* Washington said he hopes his team will celebrate the AL West with as much enthusiasm as they have the past two years. He doesn't want them taking it for granted. The magic number sits at five going into tonight's game.