Knocked to the ground by a line drive to the neck, Roy Oswalt stayed down for nearly a minute. Then, he rose to his feet and walked off the mound on his own.
That was a good sign for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team felt even better after X-rays revealed Manny Ramirez’s liner that hit Oswalt behind the right ear left nothing beyond a bruise the team says may not prevent him from making his next scheduled start.
“He’s all right. X-rays said he’s all right,” manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday. “When he got up he was OK.”
The defending National League East champions said the 33-year-old right-hander did not lose consciousness and was not dizzy before leaving in the fourth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.
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BONDS HEARS FRIEND
Barry Bonds looked at the witness stand with a blank expression as a childhood friend and former business partner described how baseball’s biggest star walked into the master bedroom at his spring training home along with trainer Greg Anderson, who carried a syringe with a needle.
A few minutes later, Bonds and Anderson walked out.
Steve Hoskins testified in federal court in San Francisco that he never saw Anderson inject Bonds. The question for the jury will be whether Hoskins’ description, which the defense began to challenge later in the day, is a path toward convicting Bonds of lying when he told a grand jury seven years ago he never knowingly took steroids.
Hoskins gave the first dramatic testimony in the trial of the home-run king, who faces four counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction.