05/27/09 9:10 PM ET
Schoeneweis works out at Chase Field
D-backs pitcher makes first appearance since wife's death
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
The D-backs left-hander went through a workout and did some throwing before returning home.
Gabrielle Schoeneweis was found dead in the couple's home last Wednesday. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Gabrielle Schoeneweis was found on the floor of the master bedroom. Lindsey Smith, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said there were no signs of foul play and while they are not ruling anything out, they are not treating it as a homicide at this point. More will be known once the medical examiner determines the cause of death.
Schoeneweis contacted the team and said he wanted to come to the ballpark and work out as well as get some throwing in Wednesday.
"We'll do anything to support him, obviously. We were happy to see his face," said D-backs manager A.J. Hinch.
The organization has done its best to balance giving Schoeneweis space while at the same time showing its support.
"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, and we want to respect his privacy. We're taking it day-by-day. He's got a lot on his plate right now, and I think he just wants to stay on top of a few things physically. He's not planning on addressing the media until he is activated at some point. We're going to respect his privacy and his space and be here for him if he wants to come in and get some activity in."
Schoeneweis is on the bereavement list, and the club plans to give him all the time he needs before having him return to action.
"I'll communicate with him every day," Hinch said. "I'm not in a rush to get a definite plan. He's got bigger things to worry about at this point. As things become more clear, I'll be able to let [the media] know and let the public know what the plan is, but at this point, today is just a day to get away from home, play catch and then go back home."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.