Updated: 12:02 p.m.
The Phillies just released a statement about Roy Oswalt, saying he has left the team to deal with some issues involving the massive system of storms that moved through his home state of Mississippi.
Ruben Amaro Jr.:
"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."
Just to clear up my earlier post, I was never suggesting that the Phillies are obligated to detail the reason Oswalt left the team. I was just suggesting that they provide some official idea of a timetable for his return to limit some of the rampant speculation that always occurs when something like this happens. They did that, so I took the earlier post down.
John Mayberry Jr. is in the line-up against lefty Joe Saunders. Struggling Raul Ibanez gets the day off:
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Jimmy Rollins SS
Ryan Howard 1B
Ben Francisco RF
John Mayberry Jr. LF
Carlos Ruiz C
Wilson Valdez 2B
Cole Hamels LHP
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