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Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:17 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 3:10 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has left his team due to personal reasons, it was revealed early Wednesday afternoon. Amidst questions and speculation, the Phillies public relations department released a statement to let everyone know why Oswalt left. It reads as follows:

“There has been a tremendous amount of tornado activity near Roy’s home in Mississippi resulting in several tragic deaths and significant devastation to the area. Because of this, Roy is concerned about his family’s well-being. He has chosen to take time to make sure there wasn’t significant damage to his home, but more importantly, to make certain that his wife and children are okay. It is almost a year to the day that his parents’ home was destroyed by a tornado which has heightened his concern about the current situation. We are hopeful that he will rejoin the team for his next start, but will take that day by day.”

Oswalt may have been distracted during his Tuesday night outing, and it's hard to blame him. CSNPhilly.com is reporting that Oswalt was alone with his cell phone in the dugout for a "long period of time" and appeared to be "reading and sending messages" just hours before the game against Arizona began. Then, after the game, Oswalt left before the clubhouse was open to reporters, a rarity for a standup guy like Oswalt. He took his first loss of the 2011 season (3-1) with a three-inning outing. He lasted only three innings, allowing six hits, five earned runs and a walk with no strikeouts. It ballooned his ERA up to 3.33 from 1.88.

Oswalt, 33, is a three-time All-Star who went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA for the Phillies last season after coming over in a trade from the Astros. He had previously spent his entire career with Houston. A few starts back, he left early with a back injury, but the Phillies have reiterated he's completely healthy and the leave is purely for family purposes.

General manager Ruben Amaro noted the Phillies expect Oswalt back before his next scheduled start, which is Tuesday. (CSNPhilly.com )

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 6:34 am
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

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Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Stop being idiots !!! Anyone would do the same....if it were your family, wouldnt you ??



Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Evidently his concern affected his last outing, so whatever he needs to do to set his mind at ease he should do. After he has put his mind at ease he can return and do his job the way he is capable. This is not asking too much and he should be given any leave necessary to look after his family. Especially after his parents went through it. People on here that can't see this should be sent down there to help repair the damage as a community service and learn how devastating such a thing is. Besides we won't miss him in the meantime since we have a backup left fielder at the moment.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 6:25 am
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Can't believe some of the posts I have been seeing about Phillies Roy Oswalt...it's his family, and friends, and he's concerned. Anyone who wouldn't be concerned with family and friends after a tornado hit, has some serious issues. He'll be back before his next scheduled start, so what's the big deal? When Roger Clemons was with the Astros, he didn't travel with the team and flew in for his next start on his own. Oswalt hasn't done anything like this, so let it be.



Since: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:00 am
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown




Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

do you guys really believe this story?   His house is fine.  No damage.  No family related injuries.   Phones were working fine.   It's a tornado.   Destructive yes but very restrictive in regards to area of destruction.   The guy has other issues.




Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

was responding to "serious caca" and his family remarks, obviously he is the next shallow hal....



Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Can you say "dildo" cause your making yourself seem dickheaded but without the brains hence the dildo since you can reason with real family!!!



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

anyone on here dumb enough to critcize a man for wanting to make sure his family and friends are safe is apure idiot..let him be..he'll be back and when he does he'll be focused and ready to be dominate again..



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

 Tuscaloosa, Alabama just got rocked by a mile-wide tornado... Any reports out of the University of Alabama??? That one got extremely close to campus.


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