Multiple outlets are reporting that Roy Oswalt has left the Phillies for personal reasons, and there is no word on when he will return.
According to Twitter reports, Oswalt, who was taken out of last night's game in the third inning following 57 ineffective pitches, left the team last night. The veteran right-hander suffered his shortest start as a Phillie and allowed five runs, fueling speculation that he was still feeling the effects of a sore back. Oswalt was unavailable for comment because he had already left the clubhouse by the end of the game and was not available to reporters. Because of off days on Thursday and Monday, Oswalt's next scheduled turn falls Tuesday in Philadelphia, which would allow time for Oswalt to attend to his personal matter, get healthy, or both. The Phillies finish their series in Arizona today at 3:40 p.m. before flying back to Philadelphia for a weekend set with the Mets beginning Friday.
Update: Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. tells CSN's Jim Salisbury that Oswalt's health is fine.
Update: As readers have pointed out, a series of severe and deadly tornados ripped through the county in Mississippi where Oswalt is from on Tuesday.