Roy Oswalt's trip through the Texas Rangers' minor league system hasn't been much fun so far. Two starts in the AAA Pacific Coast League saw him allow five earned runs in six innings; now, moved down to the AA Texas League Frisco RoughRiders, he allowed three more runs in three innings pitched and change.
It's not all bad news. Oswalt's peripherals actually haven't been bad; he's got eight strikeouts and three walks in his nine innings. But he's also allowed 14 hits and a home run, and that BAbip problem might stem from a struggle with getting his stuff back as much as dumb luck.
The Rangers need him—Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland are still unavailable—but it looks like he won't be ready for a while yet. Any St. Louis Cardinals fans who were hoping for him to fill the role currently occupied by Joe Kelly should probably take note of this awkward learning curve, because it looks like Oswalt's decision to sign in late May hasn't worked out so far.