Astros ace Roy Oswalt wants out of Houston.
General manager Ed Wade said Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, contacted owner Drayton McLane earlier this week to make the request. When asked if it was a request or a demand, Wade said that distinction didn’t matter.
“Roy’s contract has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause,” Wade said. “There is no rule that allows a player in his contract status to demand a trade. So demand, request, hold your breath until you turn blue, it’s all the same. It’s acknowledged and noted.”
Oswalt, 32, recently said he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for the right deal.
Wade said he wants to win with Oswalt on the Astros. Houston went into Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay with the worst record in the National League at 14-27.
McLane said the call came a few days ago and that there has been no movement by anyone in the organization since then. That doesn’t mean the team won’t consider the request in the future.
“I always consider everything that would make the Houston Astros better,” McLane said. “So we’ll certainly look at that, but we’ll look at a number of other things also.”
ROLLINS HURT AGAIN
Jimmy Rollins has left Philadelphia’s game against Boston in the sixth inning after it appeared he re-injured his right calf.
Rollins, the three-time All-Star shortstop and 2007 NL MVP, missed 29 games with the injury before returning on Monday. He was playing his fifth game and batted leadoff for the first time since coming back.
Rollins took six steps out of the box after hitting a single and then jogged slowly to first base. He immediately came out after touching the bag.
Rollins left the game in the sixth with a mild right-calf strain, and he’s day to day.
MAINE TO DL
Mets pitcher John Maine is heading to the disabled list with right shoulder weakness, a day after getting pulled from his start after only five pitches and getting into a dugout spat with manager Jerry Manuel.
The move was announced before the opener of a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Friday night, and only a couple hours after Maine stood in front of his locker in the Mets clubhouse and insisted that he felt fine.
Maine spent three months on the disabled list last year with a tired right shoulder.
Kevin Millar is joining Fox as a baseball analyst. Millar, 38, failed in his attempt to make the Chicago Cubs before this season, ending a 12-year major league career. … St. Louis Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth has a groin injury that the team will try to remedy with rest. Manager Tony La Russa said he’ll try to avoid using the right-hander during a three-game interleague series against the Los Angeles Angels, and believes Hawksworth could be available after that. … The Baltimore Orioles have selected the contract of infielder Scott Moore from Triple-A Norfolk and designated infielder Justin Turner for assignment. Moore can play both corner positions but will likely used primarily at first base, where the Orioles have been plagued by a lack of production.