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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