Matt Palmer has an eye on his hometown

Angels pitcher Matt Palmer pulled out his cellphone and showed me a few pictures his mother had texted him from his hometown of Caruthersville, Mo.

The pictures show a swollen Mississippi River overflowing its banks and threatening the small town with flooding. Palmer's mother owns a restaurant that sits next to one of the town's levees, so she was bracing for the worst.

Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in that part of southeastern Missouri, including more than six inches on Monday alone.

"This is the first time it's gotten that high," Palmer said. "It's going to put water in my mom's restaurant. She already knows it's going to get flooded."

A tornado ripped through Caruthersville in 2006, causing major damage.