Former Phillies Pitcher Roy Oswalt: ‘If You’re Scared, Stay Home’
Former Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt took to social media with a message for the MLB players and the Coronavirus Protocols, and he was pretty blunt, either get back out and play or stay home.
As the league's safety protocols continue to be questioned, with many teams shutting down there summer camps due to the coronavirus crisis, Oswalt had a message.
"Let the guys play," Oswalt tweeted. "If Your scared stay home. If you are no, strap it on."
While most players appear ready to play, a few have announced they will not or have expressed serious reservations.
Multiple players have announced they would not play this season due to safety concerns, and others have been vocal about unorganized testing has been.
One example had testers failing to show up to Angels camp on Sunday, along with shipping issues with samples during the July 4 holiday weekend. Another issue happened at Cardinals camp, where Cardinals president John Mozeliak announced that the team has canceled its workouts due to COVID-19 testing delays.
“Clearly there’s been a little frustration in our camp in terms of getting test results,” Mozeliak told reporters via Zoom on Monday.
Oswalt pitched for the Phillies for two seasons from 2010-2011 going 16-11 with a 2.96 ERA. He was acquired in a 2010 deal for Anthony Gose, J.A. Happ and Jonathan Villar, going 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA, helping the Phillies win the N.L. East.