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Tuesday Rockpile: Roy Oswalt on his way back to the bigs

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Homer-prone Roy Oswalt will reportedly make one more minor league start before joining the Rockies' rotation.

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Roy Oswalt is nearing a return to the big leagues and could be with the Colorado Rockies as soon as this weekend, reports Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Oswalt will make one more minor league start, likely this Friday for Double-A Tulsa, before being added to the Rockies' 25-man roster. In his last start, Oswalt took a loss despite allowing a single earned run in seven innings of work. That earned run came via the long ball, a problem that has plagued Oswalt in a 25-inning sample size in the Texas League.

Oswalt has allowed five homers, good for a HR/9 rate of 1.8. That matches up closely to the 1.7 taters per nine innings he gave up last year, which was a career high. Oswalt's propensity for surrendering home runs -- and solid contact in general -- wasted what were otherwise solid peripherals and turned his 2012 season with the Texas Rangers sour.

Of course, Coors Field is not an ideal place for a flyball pitcher with home run tendencies to reside (see Guthrie, Jeremy). So, despite reports that Oswalt has been working into the mid-90s with his fastball at times, the 35-year-old Mississippi native taking the rotation spot of a guy like Jeff Francis may not turn out as well as the Rockies' brass and fans would hope.

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