After spending 21 days on the bereavement
list following the tragic death of his wife, Scott Schoeneweis returned to the
Arizona Diamondbacks' 25-man roster today. Schoeneweis had a 2.53
ERA in 19 appearances prior to his three-week absence. He joins newest
staff addition Blaine Boyer, who was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis
cardinals earlier in the week and pitched two solid innings of relief onTuesday.
Boyer, 27, had a a 4.41 ERA over 15 games with the Cardinals. He recorded seven straight scoreless outings from April 30-May 12 without allowing a hit in 5.2 innings. He opened the season with the Atlanta Braves, pitching in three games, prior to being traded to the Cardinals for outfielder Brian Barton on April 20.
Boyer has played in parts of six major league seasons, going 6-9 with a 5.33 ERA in 144 games. He recorded a career-high 72.0 innings pitched in 2008, going 2-6 with a 5.88 ERA in 76 games. The 76 games pitched were tied for the ninth-highest mark in the
majors last season.
The Diamondbacks sent down right-handed reliever Leo Rosales to make
room for the right-handed Boyer. Rosales pitched 3.1 perfect innings to
earn the win on Sunday. He was therefore likely sent down to give his arm
some recuperation time rather than due to poor performance. Similarly,
Daniel Schlereth, who returned to Mobile to accommodate Schoeneweis, had pitched
three times in four days prior to Tuesday. Four of his six major league
outings were extremely strong, although the two that he struggled in were both
blown saves that gave him a 9.64 big league ERA.
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