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August 28, 2012

Roy Oswalt won't say if he wants to be traded

Rangers right-hander Roy Oswalt has known that he has been on waivers for about three weeks, but doesn't know if the Rangers will trade him over the next few days. He does not have a no-trade clause in his contract.

Asked if he wanted to stay or go, he declined to answer directly.

"I've never done this before, so I don't know the process," Oswalt said. "If they traded me, I'd have to go. I'm just going to do what they tell me to do."

Oswalt said that he feels fine mentally, and he has been amused by the conjecture in the media about his mental state. His body language after being removed from his past two starts has drawn ire from some. He isn't sure what his role is, but said he is ready when needed.

"I'm great. I'm good," he said. "I don't exactly know what [my role] is, but I'm down there available."

Oswalt said that he was not told that pitching out of the bullpen was a possibility when he signed with the Rangers, and that he might have signed elsewhere had that been made clear.

"But that's water under the bridge now," he said.

-- Jeff Wilson

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