Roy Oswalt Injured: Phillies Pitcher Wonders If He Will Ever Play Again

06/24/2011 12:39 pm ET | Updated Aug 24, 2011

UPDATE: The Phillies have places Roy Oswalt on the 15-day DL with "lower back inflammation."


Philadelphia Phillies star pitcher Roy Oswalt left Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after just two innings with lower back soreness. After the Phillies lost 12-2, Oswalt wondered if he will ever pitch again.

The 33-year-old told Jim Salisbury of that his back has bothered him "for a while" and he feels the pain when "I sit down, stand up, walk, pitch, sleep."

"You throw as long as you can and when you can’t throw anymore you don’t," he said. "Hopefully it’s not to the point where I can’t throw anymore. If it’s at that point, you just have to accept it."

Oswalt, who will undergo an MRI on Monday, has already spent some time on the disabled this season with a back problem. He also left the club in April when tornadoes hit near his family's home in Mississippi.

"I’ve had a pretty good one," Oswalt said of his career when talking about whether his career is in jeopardy.

Fortunately for the Phillies, they still have three aces in Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. But it sounds as if one of the greatest pitching rotations ever to be put together is about to suffer a major blow.

Oswalt is 4-6 this year with a 3.79 ERA.

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