Agent: Oswalt not contemplating retirement
Right-hander feeling healthy, enjoying pitching for Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Oswalt had retirement on his mind in Houston and sounded undecided about his future in Spring Training.
"I'm going to play this year and see how it goes," he said in February.
It sounds like those feelings have changed. Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, told MLB.com on Thursday that retirement is no longer on Oswalt's mind. He said Oswalt, 33, has been rejuvenated pitching for the first-place Phillies and is feeling healthy after an ailing back sidelined him, an injury that had Oswalt wondering if he had thrown the last pitch of his career in June.
"There's been a rebirth," Garber said. "There's been talk in the past about retiring, but that's not even in the cards at this point. It's a different Roy. It's a different feeling for him right now. He's enjoying the game right now like he used to when he was younger. He's definitely not retiring."
Oswalt is in the final year of his contract, although there is a $16 million mutual option for 2012. It seems unlikely the Phils pick up the option because they will be trying to re-sign Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson and sign Cole Hamels to an extension. If the Phillies do not pick up the option, they could try to re-sign Oswalt on a lesser deal.
Oswalt is 8-10 with a 3.86 ERA this season, although he has thrown the ball well when he has been healthy. A big postseason could have plenty of team salivating for his services.
"He's had a long career and a very good career and I don't think it's done yet," Garber said. "Obviously, winning the World Series would be icing on it. But he's having a lot of fun right now with the guys on the team. He enjoys the city. There's absolutely no retirement talk on the horizon for him."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.