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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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Comments

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Good thing for Phillies, that he isn't from Oklahoma. He would be home all spring and early summer.



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Favre watch

So you're saying there's not a phone line working in the ENTIRE state of Mississippi?

I'm sure ESPN's football experts are trying to track down Bert FaRve.  That might make it hard to find an open line.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

twisters take down phonelines and cell towers you want him to use a pigoen.



So you're saying there's not a phone line working in the ENTIRE state of Mississippi?  That's the great thing about cell towers, go a couple blocks and your call gets picked up by the next tower...that's the whole cell part.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Yeah I thought you were kidding.



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Your honestly going to tell me your not going home to check on your family?

not if I have a presentation.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

if I could afford another family I would.

Are you kidding? At this point you must be kidding. I got a situation for you...

You are on a business trip to New York, you live in Florida, and your area gets hit by a hurricane. Phone lines aren't up and your getting third hand updates on your family. Your honestly going to tell me your not going home to check on your family? If I was your boss I would fire you for being such an insensitive bastard if you didn't go. 

Get a life man.



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:05 pm
 

I have a family

I have a family. But I'm not a professional athlete.  I already told you, if I could afford another family like Roy can I'd stay with the team.


Team = Family.  The ONLY family during the season.



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

you have to be kidding me you obviously dont have a family




Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

yea seriiously that guy has nno common sense



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

 would you keep doing your job if you knew your family could be hurt!?!??!?!?!?!?!!?

if I could afford another family I would.

You gotta keep your eye on the prize.


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