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Baseball notebook: Schoeneweis comes back

Last year’s perfection is a distant memory for Brad Lidge.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Last year’s perfection is a distant memory for Brad Lidge. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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Pitcher Scott Schoeneweis returned Tuesday to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ active roster, 21 days after the death of his wife.

The club reinstated the lefty reliever from the restricted list and optioned Daniel Schlereth, to Double-A Mobile in a corresponding move.

Schoeneweis said he felt it was time to return to work after spending the last three weeks tending to the couple’s four children and handling other matters.

“The family’s good, and it’s time for daddy to go back to work,” Schoeneweis said before the Diamondbacks played host to the San Francisco Giants.

Authorities have not determined a cause of death for Gabrielle Schoeneweis, 39, who was found dead in the couple’s home in suburban Fountain Hills, Ariz, on May 20.

No relief for Lidge

Philadelphia watched Brad Lidge struggle with reduced velocity and a bad arm slot. A cortisone shot didn’t help enough. A one-week rest didn’t solve the problem.

So the Phillies put their struggling closer on the 15-day disabled list with what the team said was a sprained right knee.

“His leg was bothering him some in spring training,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He always said, ‘I can go. Really, I think I can live through it. It will get all right.’ We were inclined, well, as long as he thinks he can pitch. We thought it would get better.”

Lidge is 13 for 19 in save attempts this season with a 0-3 record and 7.27 ERA in 28 games. Last year, he was 41 for 41 in save chances during the regular season and 7 for 7 in the postseason.

Clearing the bases

Milwaukee center fielder Mike Cameron doesn’t think he should have been suspended for two games for making contact with an umpire over the weekend. “I didn’t bump him,” Cameron said. “He came to me. And that’s it.” … Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba has returned to the United States and could rejoin his team a little more than a week after his 11-year-old son and brother-in-law were released by kidnappers in Venezuela. … Toronto starter Jesse Litsch will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season, a major blow to a team trying to keep pace in the competitive A.L. East. … New York Mets reliever J.J. Putz had surgery to remove a bone spur and fragments of bone from his right elbow.

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