Oswalt feeling all right

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Roy Oswalt left Wednesday's game in the fourth inning after being hit by a line drive. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Roy Oswalt's neck was swollen, but his senses and sense of humor remained intact the morning after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay's Manny Ramirez Wednesday in the fourth inning of the road game against the Rays.

"I actually slept pretty well," the Phillies pitcher said as he sat at his locker at Bright House Field Wednesday. "I was a little bit stiff this morning."

Oswalt said "everything looked good" on his CAT scan and he expects to make his final exhibition start Monday against Houston.

"I'll probably take today off and try to throw tomorrow," he said.

The initial shock of being hit in the head was what kept Oswalt on the ground for a few minutes.

"I've been in a few fights in my life and been hit pretty hard, but that one right there stunned me a little bit when it first hit me," he said. "When I first got hit, you kind of ask yourself, 'Did you just really get hit right there.' It kind of surprises you more than anything and then you don't know what to do. Do you need to get up real quick? So I just kind of stayed there and asked (trainer) Mark (Andersen), 'Can I get up?' He made me stay down for a little longer."

Oswalt, who had struck out the side on 10 pitches in the second inning, actually lobbied briefly to remain in the game.

"I asked them how many pitches I got and they said, 'You've got enough for today,' " Oswalt said. "The outing actually went well. It was the best I've thrown this spring."

Despite keeping his sense of humor, Oswalt knows he was fortunate that he was not seriously hurt.

"I actually had a good friend got hit in the neck -- Mike Coolbaugh -- that used to play with us with the Astros," Oswalt said.

Coolbaugh was killed by a line drive off the bat of Tino Sanchez while coaching first base for the double-A Tulsa Drillers on July 22, 2007.

"We used to play cards together all the time in spring training," Oswalt said.


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