Wednesday, March 23, 2011
2010 Bowman Platinum #78 Roy Oswalt
Spring Training Game 27 - Wednesday Afternoon, March 23rd in Port Charlotte
One Sentence Summary: The game was inconsequential after a scary moment in the fourth when Roy Oswalt was smoked in the back of the neck by a screaming liner off the bat of Manny Ramirez.
What It Means: Hopefully it just means a nasty bruise on Oswalt's neck and nothing else. X-rays were negative.
Top Hitters: Rule 5 selection Michael Martinez had two more hits to raise his spring average to .293. It's getting close to decision time on Martinez. He either has to remain on the Phillies roster all season or be shipped back to the Nationals.
Top Pitchers: And speaking of Rule 5 players, David Herndon entered the game after Oswalt had to leave with his injury. He pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two.
Featured Card: This is Oswalt's card from the late-2010 release of Bowman Platinum. Bowman Platinum is a high end set that exists solely to bury patch and autograph and 1/1 cards deep in packs of base set cards that are very shiny, but usually fairly boring. I picked up the Phillies team set off eBay only because it came with another Phillies team set that I actually wanted. On the plus side, this is one of the few 2010 baseball cards featuring Oswalt with the Phillies.
Other Stuff: The Luis Castillo Experiment officially began today, and the potential opening day second baseman (wearing #3) went 0 for 4.