Roy Oswalt to miss start Monday

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Texas Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt will miss his scheduled start Monday with tightness in his lower back. The 34-year-old right-hander will visit a doctor in Houston on Monday, but is not expected to be placed on the disabled list.

"Prior to signing Roy he expressed to us what exactly is happening now," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Sometimes this acts up with his lower back. If it's the same thing he's had in the past, and he expects it is, he believes he'll make his next start. We've got to wait and see, but that's our hope at this point."

Right-hander Scott Feldman will make the emergency start Monday when the Rangers open a series against the Boston Red Sox in Arlington.

Oswalt won his previous start on Tuesday, and had allowed only two runs in his last 12 innings.

The news on Oswalt wasn't the only bad update the Rangers received Sunday.

Right-hander Colby Lewis did not throw his scheduled bullpen session due to tightness in his right forearm, adding yet another concern for the rotation. Lewis, who was reinstated from the disabled list Wednesday, wasn't sure if he'd make his start Tuesday against the Red Sox. He will be re-evaluted by Dr. Keith Meister on Monday.

"The last time I threw it felt better, but the tightness is still there," Lewis said. "I'm not going to push the situation. We're thinking more about a career."