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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. 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. ( )

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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:01 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

hecno, what in the hell are you even talking about, or doing, trying to compare the situation of a steroid case with this????  Are you just completely stupid, or six years old?  Because it has to be one or the other; no one can possible be THAT idiotic unless there is severe retardation or just too young to know shit about anything.  Please have the balls to get back on here and even TRY to explain where you were going with the most moronic statement on here in quite some time.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:52 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Coming from someone who lives in the middle of where the storms have been rolling through lately, I can't say I blame the guy!! I just hope that his family is OK!!

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:12 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies as tornadoes hit hometown

Post has been rewritten to reflect the Phillies' statement. Thanks.

- Matt

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:55 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies for personal reasons

actually, hecno, i was just reading that two people were killed by tornadoes in Oswalt's hometown of weir, Mississippi.  perhaps you should think about using facts before you blather total BS nonsense comparing oswalt to a steroid-laden has been.  amateur.

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:54 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies for personal reasons

I am an Astros fan and eventhough I was a little bitter about him demanding a trade, I can see where he is coming from there.  He wants to win, he is definitely not a cheat, so there is something else that is going on with Oswalt.  Roy is an honest guy and I know he hates the steriod user that have blackened the eye of Major League Baseball.  Whatever it is I hope he gets back soon and can return to pitching at an All Star level even if it is for the Phills. 

Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:50 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies for personal reasons

Nothing to do with his hometown being hit by tornadoes, right?

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:43 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies for personal reasons

Manny left the Rays for "personal reasons" as well. ...Career resurgance in his mid thirties last year... a 50 game suspension coming right up? Baseball is still a cesspool of artificially enhanced performance, the rewards are just too great to not risk getting caught!

Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:30 pm

Oswalt leaves Phillies for personal reasons

maybe the Phillies over used him too...

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