The Phillies will start Oswalt in Game 4. Roy Halladay could pitch on short rest, but the Phillies would rather save him for a possible Game 5 on regular rest.
Halladay has started six games on three days' rest in his career but none since 2008. His ERA is 2.79 in those games, and he averaged seven innings per start.
No quit for Oswalt
For years, Oswalt has openly entertained the idea of retiring after his current contract expires following the season. He appears to have changed his mind.
"I'd like to play a while longer, for sure," Oswalt, 34, said. "I feel like I can still compete. When you get to the point where you don't feel like you can compete, that's when you start doubting yourself. But I feel like my stuff is still good enough to compete.
"When I'm healthy, I feel like I can do anything I did when I was 21. I know a lot more about pitching now than I did. I actually have a few more pitches than I did when I first started. I feel like I can do it another three or four, five years."
Oswalt has a $16 million mutual option for 2012.
Bench coach Pete Mackanin has been mentioned as a possible managerial candidate, specifically in Boston, but no team has formally requested to interview him. . . . Manuel admitted that third baseman Placido Polanco is still feeling the effects of a sports hernia injury, which is no surprise. Polanco will require offseason surgery to correct the ailment. "I think it definitely bothers him," Manuel said. . . . Angel Hernandez will be the home plate umpire for Game 4.
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