Callaspo Arrested, Put on Restricted List
Alberto Callaspo (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Posted May 12, 2007


Utility player Alberto Callaspo was placed on the Arizona Diamondbacks' restricted list following his arrest late Thursday on suspicion of assault on his wife and criminal damage at the couple's Phoenix home. ALSO: Chris Young has another big day in front of family and friends.

Callaspo, 24, was booked into Maricopa County's Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of assault, a Class-1 misdemeanor, and one count of criminal damage, a Class-6 felony.

Callaspo did not accompany the Diamondbacks on their nine-game trip, which began Friday in Houston, and his spot on the roster was filled by journeyman Donnie Sadler.

Sadler, 31, a career .202 hitter in 767 at-bats, gives the Diamondbacks the kind of versatility they lose in Callaspo's absence. He can play any infield or outfield position, according to manager Bob Melvin.

After Callaspo's arrest, Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said, "We do not feel that he should be with the team due to the allegations. We understand he has rights, and we respect those rights, but we obviously do not condone the behavior he has been accused of. We need this time to gather our facts and determine what exactly took place and what further action is needed, if any."

DIAMONDBACKS 3, ASTROS 1: Rookie center fielder Chris Young homered twice and also hit a double, as the Houston native helped the Diamondbacks win for the fourth time in their past five games to begin a nine-game road trip.

Young hit both home runs, his fifth and sixth, off Houston starter Chris Simpson, and he had a huge cheering section at Minute Maid Park, as many family and friends were in attendance.

"It feels great," Young said. "I couldn't have planned it any better. I'm not saying the family is the reason, but I'm sure glad they were here."

NOTES, QUOTES


--RHP Brandon Webb pitched his sixth career complete game in Arizona's 3-1 victory at Houston on Friday and improved his record to 3-2 after allowing five hits, striking out 10 batters and walking just one. He had a shutout until the ninth, until Hunter Pence knocked in Carlos Lee with a groundout RBI.

--3B Chad Tracy, making his first start at his regular position in more than a week, tied an Arizona club record by hitting three doubles Friday against the Astros.

--UTIL Donnie Sadler, 31, was promoted from Class AAA Tucson to take the place of Alberto Callaspo, jailed on allegations of domestic violence. Sadler is back in the majors for the first time since 2004, which also was with Arizona.

--LHP Randy Johnson did not accompany the team to Houston for the start of its nine-game road trip, but will join the club in Colorado, where he is scheduled to start on Tuesday. Manager Bob Melvin said Johnson doesn't have any special clauses in his contract; he just wanted the veteran, who is coming off October back surgery, to avoid any undo soreness by making a three-hour flight.

Such travel plans might happen again for Johnson, 43, but Melvin said the team is "just being proactive."

--Arizona won for just the second time in eight road games on Friday and scored more than two runs for just the third time during that stretch.


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