Tragic news (courtesy of AP):
The wife of Scott Schoeneweis was found dead at her home Wednesday.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found the body of 39-year-old Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis on the floor of the master bedroom in the family’s suburban home shortly after noon.
Authorities said her 14-year-old daughter called the sheriff’s office to report that she had found her mother lying there and unresponsive.
A team spokesman said Schoeneweis had left the team, which was playing a doubleheader in Florida on Wednesday night, and was returning to Phoenix.
“At this point, anything we can do to support Scott and his family, will be our focus,” said Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes, who was with the team. “I have talked to Scott Boras, the agent, a few times. We’re trying to get the facts the best we can. It’s devastating news. Everyone is taking it very hard.”
The 35-year-old Schoeneweis came to the Diamondbacks last December in a deal with the Mets.
Schoeneweis, a survivor of testicular cancer, is 45-55 with a 4.89 ERA in 11 seasons with five teams.
Scott and Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis celebrated their 10th anniversary in January. They had three children together, and she already had a daughter when they were married.
“His world was just rocked. He and his kids, his family, his extended family, his in-laws, everybody’s lives are changed forever. He took it as expected, very hard,” Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said after Arizona lost 8-6 to Florida in the first game. “As I told the team, just give him as much support as you can. Really, tell people that you love them if you do. You can never expect something like this to happen.”
Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod), who teamed with Schoeneweis in the Angels bullpen in 2002 and 2003, said he was “speechless” when he heard the news.
“I’m sad for him,” Rodriguez said. “I can’t imagine what he’s going through right now, all the pain he’s going through.”
Former Mets teammate Ryan Church added: “He’s always been able to battle through adversity because he’s had cancer before. Everybody needs to be thinking about him and his family and just pray, pray a lot.”
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he still considers Schoeneweis part of his family. “I mentioned that to our people, that we’ve got to reach out and do all we can to help support him at this time,” Manuel said. “And whatever he needs from us, we’ll be here for him.”
Please join me in saying a prayer for Scott and his family.
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s Dodger win over the Mets. But I’m pretty sure that he was very actively involved in the Dodger’s Jewish Community Night as the only Jewish ballplayer on the team!
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan went 0-for-2, but walked twice and came around to score each time in yesterday’s Brewers win over the Astros. His average fell to .323.
Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins
Craig pitched a scoreless 8th inning, including one strike out, in yesterday’s Twins loss to the ChiSox. This perfect outing lowered his ERA to 6.28.
And in a shocking turn of events, today, the Twins cut Craig, but he was immediately claimed off waivers by the Oakland A’s. Below are excerpts from the A’s official website about this transaction:
The A’s have gone without a left-hander in the bullpen at times this season, and at times they’ve carried lefties in whom they seemed to have little confidence.
Their search for a successful southpaw might have come to an inexpensive end Wednesday, when they claimed Craig Breslow off waivers from the Twins.
Breslow, 28, was 1-2 with a 6.28 ERA in 17 games with the Twins this season, but in 2008, he was one of the most underrated lefty relievers in the game.
While splitting the season between Cleveland and Minnesota, he posted a 1.91 ERA in 49 games and 47 innings. His ERA was the second-best among American League lefty relievers who worked at least 35 innings, and it was the ninth-best among all AL pitchers who worked at least 40 frames.
A 2002 Yale graduate with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, Breslow has a career 2.91 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings.
“I’m excited about having a left-handed guy who’s experienced and has had some success at this level,” A’s manager Bob Geren said, who noted that left-handed hitters batted .183 against Breslow last season. “He could be a nice weapon to have.”
Breslow, whose one-year contract pays him $422,000, is expected to join the team on Thursday in time to be available in the finale of a four-game series against the host Rays at Tropicana Field.
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott earned a well deserved day of rest.
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John didn’t pitch in the Pirates extra inning win over the Nats.
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe went 0-for-3 in the Rays loss to the A’s. His average fell to an even .200, which puts him on the Mendoza line.
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason had a well deserved day of rest.
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott didn’t pitch in the D-backs win over the Marlins.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk is on the 15-day disabled list–retroactive to May 5– and is eligible to return from the disabled list on today.
Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Craig Breslow
Now an Oakland Athletic!!