Oswalt hopes to join Rangers after 4 minor starts

Roy Oswalt expects to be ready to join the Texas Rangers after four minor league starts.

Oswalt, who has agreed to a minor league deal with the AL West-leading Rangers, is scheduled to make his first start for Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.

During a conference call Wednesday, Oswalt said he has been throwing bullpen sessions every other day for the past six weeks. He said he wanted to make sure he had plenty of throwing in before stepping on the field.

Oswalt is scheduled to be in Arlington on Thursday for his physical. Assuming all goes well, he will then go to Round Rock.

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux expects Oswalt to pitch two or three innings Saturday night, then build from there.