In somewhat shocking news, the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham reports that 36-year-old left-hander Scott Schoeneweis has been awarded the final spot in Boston’s Opening Day bullpen.
Schoeneweis was signed to a minor league contract only a few days ago and managed to beat out 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson for the role. He allowed seven hits and six earned runs in seven innings while in Brewers camp earlier this spring, and was upset when given his release last week because he thought the death of his wife last year had something to do with the decision. The Red Sox obviously believe he still has something left.
The lefty allowed 11 earned runs in nine innings last season as a middle reliever for the Diamondbacks.
Traces of morphine, amphetamine, Prozac and Ambien were found in Roy Halladay’s system at the time of his death, according to the autopsy findings Zachary T. Sampson of the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. The former Phillies and Blue Jays ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner was killed in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico last November. While the exact cause of the incident has not yet been determined, it was a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning that resulted in the 40-year-old’s death.
Further details from the NY Daily News revealed that Halladay sustained a fractured leg and a “subdural hemorrhage, multiple rib fractures, and lung, liver and spleen injuries” during the crash. As for the drugs present in his system, the autopsy report suggests that the presence of morphine could be linked to heroin use, though there’s no clear evidence that he did so.
The toxicology results also determined that Halladay had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.01. A BAC of 0.08 is the legal limit for operating a car, but current FAA regulations prohibit any alcohol consumption for eight hours before operating aircraft. Halladay was both the pilot and sole passenger aboard the plane when it crashed.
Previous statements from the National Transportation Safety Board indicate that the investigation is still ongoing and could take up to two years to resolve.