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UPDATE: Roy Oswalt has left the Phillies due to tornadoes near his home in Mississippi. Again.

Apr 27, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

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3:03 PM:  The Phillies have just announced that Oswalt left the team due to concern regarding his family back home due to tornadoes in the area over the past several days.  There was some confusion on this earlier because it was almost exactly a year ago that Oswalt had to leave the Astros following the destruction of his boyhood home in Mississippi.  Here’s Ruben Amaro’s statement:

“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.”

His next start is not scheduled until next Tuesday, so there is hope that he will be back with the team by then. He could, thanks to offdays, go as late as May 7th if need be.

Here’s hoping his family is OK. And that Mother effing Nature will start steering tornadoes away from Oswalt’s neck of the woods. They’ve had enough.

1:18 PM: No details on this at the moment, but here’s Matt Gelb from the Philly Inquirer on Roy Oswalt:

A Phillies official says Roy Oswalt has left the team for personal reasons. No expected return date. Oswalt was not removed from the game for those personal reasons. He was taken out by Manuel because of his ineffectiveness.

There aren’t many things that could cause this that would constitute good news.  We’ll obviously update when more is learned.

UPDATE: Jim Salisbury’s story at CSN Philly fills in some details, including a lot of time on the phone and stuff for Oswalt before the game.  Could be his poor performance last night was because he was distracted?

  1. Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Let’s just hope he had to go to court to pay a speeding ticket.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      Well, maybe he was picked up for not having his papers—he was in Arizona, after all.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

      I am a man misunderstood.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        I don’t understand your comment.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Last time I heard this is from Dave Eiland. Has Oswalt been near AJ lately?

    • nixonotis - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      I sure hope this isn’t a rehab situation.

  3. Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    On a serious note, I hope everything’s okay with him.

  4. BC - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    This is extremely weird.

  5. phukyouk - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    I hope that noone is dead, injured, maimed, sick, or otherwise not well. that being said… i hope that Oswalt does not come back this season due to his new found interest in the search for Lincolns Gold.

  6. bigxrob - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    maybe he is heading home:

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/sports&id=7404867

    • bigxrob - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      Craig, we need a way to delete stupid posts, like mine.
      I forgot what year it was, and who he plays for.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        If it makes you feel any better, before your comment I almost did an update about the tornado thing, having googled him and failed to see that it was late April 2010 and not late April 2011.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:23 PM

        Don’t be silly. If we were able to do that, HBT would have considerably fewer comments.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        He still could be heading home… You have that going for you Rob.

      • phukyouk - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        Maybe its just a Late April thing?

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        Unless I’m misreading this article’s date terribly, there are Mississippi tornadoes going on now, as well.

        http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110427/NEWS/110427004/Severe-weather-continues-take-toll-Mississippi?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        Well, since it is Roy Oswalt who’s tough as nails and can stop line drives from Manny Ramirez with his neck without missing a start, he may be pulling a Don Quixote down there. The badass.

      • teefour - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM

        Actually, you may be right, kind of… The Phillies just released a statement (it’s not on their site yet):

        “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.”
        ~Ruben Amaro Jr.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        I meant he’s pulling a Pecos Bill right now…

        http://library.thinkquest.org/08aug/00285/whimages/PECOSBILL=D.jpg

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        He can delete comments; I’ve asked him to delete mine before.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    after the beating he took lastnite against the lowly d-backs im sure he has a lot to think about. Here’s to not seeing you again in a philly uniform!

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      For karma’s sake you might want to think about witholding commentary like that, d-bag

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      Hey, look at that, an update!!! Turns out you *are* a d-bag !

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:30 PM

        As if there was any doubt about that.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:48 PM

        hey we got another update, your a dirty, low life, t-baggin philly fan!! Wow congrats on that one! thats something to be proud of!!!

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Here’s to not seeing your meanspirited trolling again on HBT pages! A$$clown.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:49 PM

        awww you want some cheese with that whine utley’s hemmroid?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:12 PM

        You really should get some help, you antisocial a$$clown.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Tornado Anniversary Party?

  9. Panda Claus - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    He probably just wants to watch Ethier’s attack on Joe D’s streak record in person.

  10. uori - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    he needs to check up on the NLCS Mvp bulldozer.

    • jeffa43 - Apr 27, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      The Bulldozer Drayton gave him for winning NLCS MVP was used to help out the town last year after Tornados hammered their area, almost killing his Mom. I am sure that Tornado will be put to good use to help others. That is what Roy the person is all about. Good luck Roy, our prayers are with you.

      • jeffa43 - Apr 27, 2011 at 6:20 PM

        I mean bulldozer will be put to use.. not tornado.. my bad.. Good luck Roy..

  11. sdelmonte - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Best wishes to him and his family. This has been, without a doubt, one of the worst tornado months on record, and I suspect that far, far too many folks can relate to his situation.

  12. Jay Seaver - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    My first thought on reading this is that he’s going about it backwards – if he’s concerned about tornadoes near his family, isn’t the logical course of action flying them away from the storms rather than joining them?

  13. johnnyinsnj - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    What a poorly written first draft of this article. It clearly gave the impression he was gone from the team for something bigger than what it was. Poorly written just for “BUZZ” purposes. ABC news just had a mid day update to make it clear.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Don’t blame the article. That reflected what the Phillies said. This article was updated within minutes of them switching from “personal reasons” to the statement that was given.

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      Hmmmm….so a situation involving a tornado and his family is low on the DEFCON list of “big reasons” to take off from the ball club? Interesting……

  14. BC - Apr 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    OK. It’s not weird any more. Though I thought he was from Arkansas. Either way, both of those states have gotten mowed over the last week by tornadoes. Hopefully all is OK for him on the homestead.

    • belichickee - Apr 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Um yeah, it is still weird. Seriously is he going to stand in front of a tornado and protect his family? I understand being worried about his family but he’s more than financially capable of flying them to Philly for awhile until things calm down. I really don’t get this story.

  15. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 27, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    he couldn’t tell his family to get out, he has to go there and tell them.

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