Theriot OK Following Food Poisoning Scare

Second baseman Ryan Theriot, one of the Cubs' September call-up's from Double-A West Tenn, was recently stricken with a bout of food poisoning. Theriot was hospitalized in Chicago and was unavailable in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Theriot isn't sure how the sickness came about; he's just glad it passed through his system relatively quickly.

"It's tough to pinpoint what it was," said Theriot, the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 2005 team MVP after batting a career-high .304 with 28 doubles and 53 RBIs at Double-A. "I was miserable. Thankfully I'm feeling better now and it was in and out pretty quickly."

The 25-year-old recently made his first career big league start on Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with a run scored in a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh. Since being brought up earlier this month, he is 1-for-8 in limited playing time.

"It was a great honor to play behind Greg Maddux and make some plays for him," Theriot said. "I feel like I did well and was seeing the ball well with some good swings. I felt like I belonged there. It took some getting used to because I hadn't been in a situation where I was getting several at-bats during a (big league) game."

A native of Baton Rouge and a member of the LSU Tigers' 2000 National Championship team, Theriot's family has provided shelter for several family members in New Orleans that were affected by Hurricane Katrina. His wife's family owns a house in Baton Rouge, where several family members took shelter just off the campus of LSU.

"There are a lot of people displaced. Baton Rouge grew hundreds of thousands of people," he said. "We're still trying to keep a positive view of this. I think Baton Rouge will benefit in the long run from having so many people taking residence there. Hopefully the city will keep a lot of these people because it's a great area."

Theriot was a third round pick in the 2001 draft who still resides in Baton Rouge during the offseason.

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