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Spiezio entering treatment program

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St. Louis – St. Louis Cardinal Scott Spiezio is voluntarily entering a treatment program for a problem that the team did not specify.

Major League Baseball spokesman Mike Teevan said Spiezio's problem does not involve steroids.

But on its website, the Post-Dispatch cites un-named sources who say Spiezio is seeking treatment for substance abuse.

The utility player was placed on the restricted list Thursday and will be paid while he undergoes treatment. He has 12 seasons in the major leagues.

Cards manager Tony La Russa would not say what substances were involved or where the treatment will take place. La Russa expects Spiezio will return this season.

Cardinals physician Dr. George Paletta says it speaks highly of the player that he admitted a potential problem.


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