Injury Update: Oswalt and Cruz to DL

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A pair of former All Stars have landed on their team’s 15 day DL this weekend.

The Philadelphia Phillies placed starter Roy Oswalt on the disabled list after scratching him from Saturday’s start against the Atlanta Braves.  The move is retroactive to April 27th, when Oswalt left the team to support his family amidst dangerous Midwestern storms.

The Wizard of Os returned to the team this Thursday and was slated to take the ball for the Phillies Saturday.

The Philadelphia Daily News has reported that Oswalt has become more concerned about his ailing back, offering these comments Saturday.

"“I thought it’d be fine, but it kind of got to the point where it’s unbearable.  So a little bit of a concern.  It’s early in the year and I don’t want to have it linger to July, August.  It hasn’t really gotten any better.”"

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz also found his way to the disabled list Saturday due to a strained right quad.

The right fielder last played in Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners.  During that contest, Cruz injured the quad trying to beat out an infield hit.

Cruz has noted his frustration, saying the situation is obviously not fun.  The injury is not that severe, the slugger is able to run at about 80%, but he realizes this early in the season it is better to play it safe.

Like the Phils, the Rangers were able to make the move retroactive, making Cruz eligible to come off the DL the 19th of May.