The Phillies have made a minor trade with the San Francisco Giants, acquiring right-handed starting pitcher Corey Oswalt this afternoon. It’s a nice depth addition for the Phils, as their rotation was hit hard this week when both Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin were placed on the Covid-19 Injured List.
Oswalt, a 28-year-old California native, has seen big league action in each of the past four seasons with the New York Mets. The 6’5” righty has tossed 94.2 innings of 5.89 ERA ball in 26 major league games. Corey Oswalt was granted his free agency in October of last year, and has been pitching in Triple-A for the Giants up to this point in 2022. With both Wheeler and Eflin on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Oswalt get a spot start at some point this week.
The Phillies have impressed so far on their West Coast road trip, as they pounded the Mariners last night 9-0. Aaron Nola will face off against Mariners’ ace Robbie Ray tonight, but the rotation isn’t set in stone after that. It’s a lot of question marks after Nola, Kyle Gibson and Ranger Suárez, and any of Nick Nelson, Cristopher Sánchez and Oswalt could see a boon in playing time as a result.