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Roy Oswalt leaves Phillies to check on family

Updated at 3:24 p.m.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt has left the team for personal reasons, a team official said Wednesday morning.

“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,” Phillies General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement released by the team. “Because of this, Roy is concerned about his family’s wellbeing. 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.”

In his second start since he was diagnosed with back spasms, Oswalt (3-1) was removed from the Phillies’ game Tuesday against Arizona after 57 pitches (36 for strikes). He gave up five earned runs in three innings in the Phillies’ 7-5 loss.

“His stuff wasn't good,” Manager Charlie Manuel said. “His stuff wasn't crisp and his velocity was down. I figured there was no sense in leaving him out there.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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