Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt is willing to go elsewhere, provided he plays for a contender.
Oswalt said Friday that he would waive the full no-trade clause in his contract if Houston wants to try to shop him this season — though the right-hander insists he would like to stay with the Astros and help them win.
“I’d love to win here,” Oswalt said. “I just pitch every five days. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s a business, and that’s part of it.”
Oswalt is 2-4 with a 2.63 ERA and has struggled to get run support this season. He next pitches today against San Francisco’s two-time Cy Young Award winner and former Washington Husky Tim Lincecum.
“If a team comes up to you and asks for a trade, that’s pretty much saying they want to go in a different direction,” Oswalt said. “Who’d want to say no to a team that asks you to be traded? If they came to me and wanted to go a different direction, I would listen.”
As long as he would go to a winner, Oswalt said he wouldn’t be picky about American League or National League, East or West.
“Until they get ready to do something, all you can do is pitch,” Oswalt said. “Hopefully we can stay on this roll and start winning series.”
UECKER SAYS HE’LL RETURN SOON
Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker said he might resume calling home games next month after his recent heart surgery.
“I’m doing unbelievably well — strong — and hopefully I’ll be able to get back in the booth before too much longer,” he said Friday. “That’s what I really want to do.”
Uecker showed up at Miller Park looking healthy, with plenty of color in his face, after having surgery exactly two weeks ago. He was expected to miss up to three months.
“I don’t know if I’m as good as I look — a couple of beers will make your face blush,” joked Uecker, a former player who has made a 40-year career out of delighting fans with his self-deprecating sense of humor.
AROUND THE HORN
Texas activated outfielder Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned first baseman Ryan Garko to Triple-A Oklahoma City. … Ned Yost juggled the coaching staff and tweaked the lineup in his first day as Kansas City’s skipper, but he said he won’t make any other changes until he gets a better feel for the team. Yost fired third base coach Dave Owen and promoted Rusty Kuntz to the big-league coaching staff. … Medical tests on the surgically repaired right elbow of Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge show no structural damage. … Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire wants pitcher Pat Neshek to stop discussing his injury on Twitter and Facebook. Neshek said his injury was initially misdiagnosed. “He wants to pitch — that’s a good thing. Let’s keep all that other stuff out of the way,” the manager said. “Tweet, tweet.”