Righty Roy Oswalt, who once was part of the Phillies' vaunted Four Aces combo, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rockies, the team said Thursday.
Oswalt will have an extended spring training before joining the big club. The 35-year-old is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field.
"Always loved the mountains, im back!" tweeted the three-time all-star, who made nine starts last year for the Rangers.
Pitchers, umpire fined
Remember that little dustup between umpire Tom Hallion and Tampa Bay pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, and Matt Moore last weekend? It's resolved. Major League Baseball fined each of the pitchers $1,000, and Hallion was assessed an undisclosed amount.
Hallion was the plate umpire during Sunday's game vs. the White Sox in Chicago when Price argued a call. Price said things got out hand when Hallion told him to "throw the . . . ball over the plate."
Hallion's response? He called the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner a liar.
When the Rays pitchers heard that, they blasted the ump on Twitter.
When asked Thursday whether he was happy the saga was over, Price answered: "I guess so."
No end to Yankees' woes
Reliever Joba Chamberlain is joining the Yankees' crowded disabled list. He has a strained oblique on his right side and becomes the 10th player on New York's DL, joining a list of stars that includes Derek Jeter (broken ankle), Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery), Mark Teixeira (wrist problems), and Curtis Granderson (broken forearm).
On the bright side, Rodriguez has been cleared to start workouts on Monday at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla.
Rays-Royals vs. snow
The Royals' home game against the Rays was postponed Thursday after heavy rain turned to sleet and snow in the fourth inning with Tampa Bay leading, 1-0.
No makeup date has been set, and the Rays (12-15), who could've used a win, don't return to Kansas City again this season.
By the way, the last time there was measurable snow in May in Kansas City was on May 3, 1907.
- Wire reports