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Baseball notebook: Schoeneweis visits team

Royals manager Trey Hillman disputes spitting claim. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Royals manager Trey Hillman disputes spitting claim. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
By Associated Press

Grieving Arizona pitcher Scott Schoeneweis visited Chase Field on Wednesday for the first time since the death last week of his wife, Gabrielle.

Schoeneweis played catch and lifted weights before the Diamondbacks’ game against the San Diego Padres, manager A.J. Hinch said.

“It’s still obviously fresh off the horrible tragedy, but he got a little activity in today,” Hinch said. “I know he lifted and played a little catch. He stayed very clear of everything else.”

Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes said the commissioner’s office granted the team permission to place Schoeneweis on the restricted list after his seven-day stint on the bereavement list expired.

“We’ll just continue to talk to Scott and MLB about the realistic timeframe,” Byrnes said. “Return-to-work issues seem a little ridiculous at this point.”

Spitting angry

Kansas City manager Trey Hillman was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for spitting in an umpire’s eye, something Hillman said was accidental if it happened at all.

Hillman got word of the suspension just hours before his Royals played first-place Detroit in the A.L. Central. On Monday, while arguing that a called third strike on Willie Bloomquist was low, Hillman was ejected from the dugout by plate umpire Paul Emmel. Hillman then sprang from the dugout and argued heatedly with him.

“Suspended because while I was arguing, spit reportedly came out of my mouth and hit him in the eye,” Hillman said. “I didn’t see it come out. … It takes a pretty talented person to be able to spit and yell at the same time.”

Clearing the bases

A grand jury in Santa Ana, Calif., has indicted the man accused of killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others when a minivan smashed into their car last month. Orange County prosecutors say Andrew Gallo was indicted on three counts of murder and three other felonies for the April 9 crash. … Former N.L. Cy Young winner Eric Gagne has accepted a deal with the Quebec Capitales of the independent Can-Am League. … New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada may rejoin the team for a weekend series in Cleveland after missing more than three weeks because of a strained right hamstring. … Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan, 78, has been hospitalized after what team officials termed a mild heart attack. … Nomar Garciaparra is back on the Oakland Athletics’ disabled list with the same calf injury that already sidelined him for three weeks.

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Tags: baseball, mlb

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