Oswalt on track to make Thursday start

Roy Oswalt is scheduled to start on Thursday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies won't know for sure until Roy Oswalt throws his bullpen session Monday, but pitcher and team are confident he can make his next start Thursday in San Diego as scheduled.

Oswalt left Friday's game with mid-back spasms.

"I'm feeling good," Oswalt said Sunday morning. "I've made improvement."

With the rainout, the Phillies will not adjust their rotation. Joe Blanton willl start Monday against Milwaukee, pushing every other starter back a day.

This time of year, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"It doesn’t hurt," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "It’s just like early in the season, I don’t like to skip our fifth guy because you set him backwards. With the rain out, we’ll just push everybody back. Of course, we’ve got two guys coming off complete games and Roy with a back issue."

Dubee said his confidence level is "very high" in Oswalt making the start Thursday.

"It sounds like the back issue before was a different thing," Dubee said. "This was more of a spasm higher up than really the back issue that he had in previous years."

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