• Veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt, who joined the club in May and struggled through a left hamstring injury and an 0-6 record with an 8.90 ERA, has talked to the Rockies about being invited to camp next season. Oswalt, a free agent, believes with a full offseason he could compete for a rotation spot, but he'll shut it down if his body doesn't respond this winter. Oswalt said if he doesn't make the rotation, he would give the bullpen a shot but would prefer a defined role over middle relief.
• Manager Walt Weiss will return to Denver for two days, then go to Scottsdale, Ariz., to observe players in fall instructional ball.
• All-Star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez will go to instructional ball in Scottsdale this week to test his sprained right middle finger with game at-bats. How it responds will determine whether he undergoes surgery or goes with rest and rehab during the offseason. If there is an operation, Gonzalez wants to have it by Nov. 1 so his Spring Training will not be delayed.
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