Farrell feels for Oklahoma City community

CHICAGO -- The powerful tornado that hit just outside of Oklahoma City on Monday saddened manager John Farrell, who played and coached at Oklahoma State.

"Yeah, it's a tragedy when you see a national disaster like that take place," said Farrell. "People are certainly affected -- if not directly by injury or possibly by loss of life."

The situation brought back memories for Farrell, who was living in Oklahoma during a similarly powerful tornado in 1999.

"Having been through something similar back in [1999] that had very similar damage, it's a scary situation," Farrell said. "Our thoughts are with all the people affected."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.