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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: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:00 pm
 

The truth shall set you free.

You are a red neck piece of ****. I don't like to get personal in these posts but you are the scum if this earth if you believe that. You obviously have no wife or kids and never will.

you just can't handle my truthiness.



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

are you KIDDING me! he wants to make sure his family is not dead would you keep doing your job if you knew your family could be hurt!?!??!?!?!?!?!!?




Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:59 pm
 

buy another family

oswalt just wants to make sure his family is okay im pretty sure hes allowed to do that!

he's rich.  he can buy another family.  

The season has started and he needed to show loyalty to the team.  He failed to do so.

He should be fired and blackballed from MLB.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

his family got in the way of his job.


the guy is weak minded.  

They should fire him.

You are a red neck piece of ****. I don't like to get personal in these posts but you are the scum if this earth if you believe that. You obviously have no wife or kids and never will.




Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

all you philly haters just stop we all know the phillies are the best in the MLBTongue out oswalt just wants to make sure his family is okay im pretty sure hes allowed to do that!



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

so obviously his family's not going to get in the way of him doing his job
 

dude was throwing up junk like a BP pitcher.


his family got in the way of his job.


the guy is weak minded.  

They should fire him.



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Thats what I'm screamin'

It must have been God's will

I agree



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

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



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

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

Okay, he should certainly go...but doesn't anyone else think that it's odd that he wouldn't pick up the phone and call them to make sure their okay first?  I can't think of any situation where I would decide, no I'm not going to call...let me fly from a dozen states away and just check when I get there.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

I'd put my family first for sure and I appreciate that he is doing the same.  However, I question as to why he thinks flying home into a tornado zone is the answer to his families problems.  I just think I am a little smarter than he is and know I can't fix what's broken, nor stop what's coming.  For that reason, I would be proactive in getting my family to safety.  Homes and material items can't be saved from a tornado because he is standing there.


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