Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt said throwing the ninth inning Wednesday night will have no impact on his ability to pitch in tomorrow's Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
Oswalt threw 18 pitches in getting the loss in the Giants' 6-5 victory and said it was "probably the same thing" as throwing a bullpen session in between starts. Oswalt essentially threw two bullpens, his regularly scheduled session before the game and then warming up and entering the game in the ninth.
"I didn't want to get the loss for sure, but you never know when you're going to get back here," Oswalt said at Citizens Bank Park. "So that's one of the reasons I want to be in the game the other night. I don't know how much longer I'm going to play. But may not get to this spot again. So I'm going to try to do everything possible to get to that final game."
Asked if he was concerned, manager Charlie Manuel said, "I think he's got a rubber arm, he's kind of different in his style and he's got a loose arm. That's why he gets his rise on his fastball ... I don't think it's going to hurt him at all. I think when he tells you he's ready, I think he's ready. He's also one of those guys that if he's got -- if he's got some kind of problem or something, he's hurt or something like that, I think he'll be the first -- he'll tell you."