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Callaspo reinstated, joins teammates in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Alberto
Callaspo
was activated off the restricted list and rejoined the
team on Saturday, nine days after he was arrested for allegedly
assaulting his wife.

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In a statement released by the team, club president Derrick Hall
said a counselor met with Callaspo on Friday "and found the player
fit for work but recommended he undergo counseling."

"He saw a counselor, and her advice was he goes back to work
and the organization has heeded that advice," manager Bob Melvin
said Saturday. "He's back here now and there's still an ongoing
investigation going on. That's all we can comment on now."

Callaspo, who hasn't played since May 9, was not in the starting
lineup.

"We're going to have to do some extra work with him, get him
some early work, some time in the cage and simulate game speed,"
Melvin said. "We'll do the best we can do."

The 24-year-old Venezuelan issued a statement through the team.

"I look forward to putting this unfortunate matter behind us
and focusing on helping my teammates win on the field again," the
statement read. "I apologize to the players, the organization and
our fans for any distraction this may have caused."

Melvin doesn't expect Callaspo to address the team.

"He's been in contact with some of our guys, and they're aware
of the situation," Melvin said. "I don't think he really needs to
say anything to the team. I think, individually, he will talk to
guys. I think his statement speaks for itself."

Callaspo was taken into custody May 10 on suspicion of
misdemeanor assault and felony criminal damage. The Diamondbacks
immediately placed Callaspo on the restricted list without pay.

Court documents said Callaspo told police he argued with his
wife and kicked her in the buttocks after she pushed him. He also
said he threw a video camera and cell phone to the floor during the
argument. He made an initial court appearance the following day and
was released without bail.

Callaspo was ordered to stay away from his wife of two years,
Marianny Paola, and the couple's home. Callaspo and his wife have a
1-year-old child.

Callaspo's reinstatement came two days after the players union
filed a grievance on his behalf.

The rookie, valued by the team for his versatility, is batting
.215 in 33 games, playing third base, first base and the outfield.
He was the organization's minor league player of the year in 2006
after hitting .337 at Triple-A Tucson, leading the Pacific Coast
League with 165 hits.

To make room for Callaspo, the Diamondbacks designated infielder
Jason Smith for assignment. Smith was claimed off waivers from
Toronto on Wednesday, going 1-for-4 in two games.