|Schoenweis to DL with depression|
Written by At Home Plate Staff (Contact & Archive) on August 11, 2009
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed Scott Schoeneweis on the 15-day disabled list due to depression. Schoeneweis's wife, Gabrielle, died less than three months ago.
Schoeneweis was placed on the bereavement list for three weeks after his wife was found dead at their home on May 20. He returned but gave up 15 earned runs over nine innings since then.
From the Associated Press report.
"Obviously this has been an incredibly difficult year," Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes said. "He's done everything he could to deal with a tragedy and to keep playing. At this point, we felt it was a bit overwhelming. He needed a break from it.
"Hopefully he can return to pitch at some point this season. We felt it was necessary and appropriate to do at this time," said Byrnes, who added there is no timetable for a return. "We'll first address real-life issues. We'll see if that will allow him to return to baseball."
Schoeneweis and Gabrielle had three children together, and she also had a daughter before she married the reliever. He has been raising all four children, ages 14, 7, 5, and 2.
"It's obviously been a horrific year for him," Arizona manager A. J. Hinch said. "On a personal level, I can't imagine what he's endured. He has tried his best to be a major league baseball player while going through the worst thing imaginable.
"He's done an incredible job of raising four kids and doing this," Hinch added. "At this point, baseball becomes irrelevant."
We at AtHomePlate hope and pray for the best for Schoeneweis as he tries to raise a family while overcoming his grief.