The Phillies have confirmed that Roy Oswalt has indeed left the Phillies to see to his family in Weir, Mississippi, where severe tornados ripped through the region on Tuesday.
Following up on reports that Oswalt had left the team for personal reasons last night, the Phillies released this 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," the statement reads. "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."
Oswalt left the Astros almost a year ago, to the date, to tend to his parents when a tornado damaged their home.