Don't Expect Spiezio's Uniform to get Dirty

Scott Spiezio, the Cardinals super sub, is back in uniform after missing the first six games of the Cardinals current homestand, with an upper respiratory tract infection. Spiezio was listed as available on the lineup card posted in the Clubhouse Monday, but he doesn't look ready to play.

Scott Spiezio is one of those guys you love to have on the bench.

He can play first, second and third base, as well as in the outfield and the switch hitting super-sub, isn't going to hurt you with his glove or bat.

Scott was in uniform Monday night, but he has missed all six games of this homestand, with an upper respiratory tract infection.

Prior to coming down with this infection, Scott had been on an eight game hitting streak from 5/18 - 5/26 and was swinging a hot bat at the time.

Spiezio went 3-for-4 with an RBI on May 19th and was 2-for-4 and had a pair of two out RBI on May 18th against the New York Mets.

Scott ranks second on the team in 2-out-RBI with 13 of his 16 RBI have come with two outs and with runners in scoring position, Spiezio is hitting .370 (10-27) and only Albert Pujols (.523 23-44) and John Rodriguez (.381 8-21) are hitting better with runners at second or third.

The son of former St. Louis Cardinal, Ed Spiezio, Scott has made 21 starts this season for the Redbirds, two at first base, six in left, 11 at third base and two as the club's designated hitter, in interleague play.

The Cardinals could use Spiezio in uniform and back on the field, with Albert Pujols on the DL and Jim Edmonds, suffering from a mild to severe abdominal wall strain.

In 21 starts this season, Spiezio is batting .324 and has hit safely in 15 of the 21 starts. Overall, he has an on base percentage of .400 and he could play a key role in helping the Cardinals generate some offense.

He's not only getting the job done with his bat, he has played practically flawless defense, committing only one error in 39 games and that came when he was playing at the hot corner, when Scott Rolen was ill and missed nine games near the end of April and the first week of May.

I caught up with Scott after Monday night's game.

RM: Scott, you still look a little tired and weak, are you ready to play?

SS: I'm just going to have to take it day to day and see.

RM: It looks to me, that it could take you at least a week to get your legs back underneath you.

SS: I still have the infection, so I'm not completely over it. I lost 10 pounds and I'm just going to have to see how I will feel on a day to day basis.

My take on Scott is, that he could be used as an emergency pinch hitter this week, but to expect him to step in and start a game anywhere on the infield or outfield, would seem unrealistic to me until the weekend.

The sooner St. Louis can get Spiezio's bat and glove back in the lineup the better the chances are, the Cardinals can hold on to first place with reigning National League MVP, Albert Pujols on the DL.

Just don't expect him to get his uniform dirty, for a couple of days.


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