Wife of ex-Mets pitcher found dead in Phoenix area

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FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. - The wife of Arizona Diamondbackspitcher Scott Schoeneweis was found dead at her home Wednesday.

Police said the cause of death hasn't been determined.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said deputies found thebody of 39-year-old Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis on the floor of themaster bedroom in the family's suburban home shortly after noon.

Authorities said her 14-year-old daughter called the sheriff'soffice to report that she had found her mother lying there andunresponsive.

A team spokesman said Schoeneweis had left the team, which wasplaying a doubleheader in Florida on Wednesday night, and wasreturning to Phoenix.

"Words cannot describe how shocked and saddened we are thisevening," the Diamondbacks said in a statement. "This is atragedy for the Schoeneweis family who we naturally considermembers of our family. We are here to support Scott in any wayduring this traumatic period in his life."

The 35-year-old Schoeneweis came to the Diamondbacks lastDecember in a deal with the New York Mets, who agreed to pay $1.6million of his $3.6 million salary for 2009.

Schoeneweis, a survivor of testicular cancer, is 45-55 with a4.89 ERA in 11 seasons.

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Scott and Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis celebrated their 10thanniversary in January. They had three children together, and shealready had a daughter when they were married.

"Your heart goes out to him and his family," said Ryan Church,a former Mets teammate. "I mean, he's got young kids. It's atragic event.

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"He's always been able to battle through adversity because he'shad cancer before," Church said. "Everybody needs to be thinkingabout him and his family and just pray, pray a lot."

Francisco Rodriguez, who teamed with Schoeneweis in the Angelsbullpen in 2002 and 2003, said he was "speechless" when he heardthe news.

"I'm sad for him," Rodriguez said. "I can't imagine what he'sgoing through right now, all the pain he's going through."

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he still considers Schoeneweispart of his family. "I mentioned that to our people, that we'vegot to reach out and do all we can to help support him at thistime," Manuel said. "And whatever he needs from us, we'll be herefor him."

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