Ron Washington likes Roy Oswalt

The Texas Rangers' interest in Roy Oswalt continues to gain support, with manager Ron Washington saying Wednesday he'd be interested in adding the veteran right-hander to the rotation if the free agent was healthy and ready to go.

Washington, appearing on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Ben & Skin Show," was asked if he wanted Oswalt to join the club, assuming the scouting reports were good, now that Neftali Feliz might be out until the All-Star break with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

Oswalt, whose
bothersome lower back landed him on the disabled list twice in 2011, has been looking for a home after the Philadelphia Phillies declined to pick up his option after last season.

"If you put it like that, I would say yes, but I think (general manager) Jon Daniels and them will decide," Washington said. "Oswalt has to want to come to Texas and we have to get him ready. The guy is a quality pitcher. But I'm more than certain there are other teams trying to do the same things.

"When you put it the way you put it and I had to give you a yes or no, I'd say yes."

Daniels acknowledged Monday that Oswalt is an option for the Rangers, albeit not an immediate one.

"He's not ready to go," Daniels said in Seattle. "He hasn't thrown to hitters yet. It'll definitely take him some time. I don't know how much time, but he's not an immediate option."

Oswalt, 34, hasn't pitched in a major league game since Game 4 of last season's NLDS for the Phillies. He had a 3.69 ERA in 23 regular-season starts last year.

"We're going to consider all our options," Daniels said. "We'll look internally and externally. Everything is on the table."

The Rangers, because of the pitcher's long relationships with CEO Nolan Ryan and pitching coach Mike Maddux, were one of the clubs that had been linked to Oswalt since spring training, but Texas was unable to find a spot for him in its rotation.

The Rangers, citing due diligence, went to watch Oswalt throw Friday. At that point, however, they didn't need another starter.

That changed when Feliz went on the disabled list Monday. Scott Feldman was taking Feliz's place in the rotation Wednesday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.

"We have many things to talk about, but that will be one thing we'll discuss, is about how we'll fill that rotation spot," Ryan said Monday. "Feldman is scheduled to do it right now, and we have (Alexi) Ogando in the bullpen.

"... If Roy is a possibility, I want to visit with JD and see what the scouts told him that they had seen. I really think that Roy wants to come back. He has indicated prior that he would like to play with us. We'll take a look at that and see what happens."

Ryan said the preliminary stuff he heard on Oswalt was that he threw well and was in good shape. Ryan said Oswalt would need to stretch out and get some innings in the minor leagues before he could pitch with any major league club.

Master Tesfatsion of ESPNDallas.com contributed to this report.