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Spiezio went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. He was filling in for injured third baseman Scott Rolen, who is listed as day-to-day with back spasms. Spiezio hit homers in consecutive games playing for the injured Rolen. He went 1-for-2 with a two-run shot in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Reds.
Spezio's disastrous stint with the Seattle Mariners came to an end when the team released him on Saturday. Spezio signed a three-year contract worth $9.15 million with the Mariners following the 2003 season, but struggled in his first year in Seattle, batting just .215 with 41 RBI. The 2005 season has been even worse, with Spezio having going just 3-47 (.064) in 28 games.
Spiezio has rebounded from a back injury that he suffered last week during his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners' utilityman, who went on the DL with an oblique strain in mid-April, is nearly ready to resume his rehab assignment. On Monday, he participated in a full pregame workout, hitting and taking grounders at third base.
Out since mid-April with a strained left oblique muscle, Spiezio had his minor league rehab assignment put on hold after the Mariners' utilityman hurt his back. A bone scan and an MRI exam have been administered, and the Mariners are awaiting test results before determining how long Spiezio may be sidelined by his back.
The Seattle Mariners placed Spiezio on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left oblique muscle. He felt a pull in his left side when he doubled in the ninth inning of Seattle's loss to the Angels on Monday.
Spiezio was hurt on his only hit of the 2005 season. That seems like a bad omen. While Spiezio is recovering, top outfield prospect Shin-Soo Choo will take his place on the Mariners' roster.
Spiezio felt something pull in his left side during his ninth-inning at-bat Monday, and the Mariners' utilityman seems destined for a trip to the disabled list. He was bandaged tightly around the midsection on Tuesday, with a heating pad attached, as Spiezio awaited word from team doctors following a medical examination.
Spiezio said the injury felt similar to the one that sidelined him last April, when he strained an oblique muscle. As for this year's edition, look for a report from Seattle team doctors in the next 24 hours.