Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Seattle Mariners third baseman Scott Spiezio received good news on his ailing back Tuesday.
After yet another medical opinion, this time from noted spine specialist Dr. David Hanscom, it was determined that the injury to Spiezio's back was not as serious as initially thought.
Spiezio was diagnosed Tuesday with a soft-tissue problem that will keep him out for a few weeks, rather than months. Earlier diagnoses indicated that Spiezio's persistent back spasms could result in paralysis, a worst case scenario according to Mariners head trainer Rick Griffin.
The injury occurred in a spring training game on March 25 when Spiezio stepped awkwardly on the pitching mound while tracking a popup. Currently on the disabled list, Spiezio is eligible for activation on April 13, though a return that early is unlikely.
Spiezio will undergo physical therapy and will be re-evaluated on April 16.
He signed a three-year, $9-million deal in the off-season after spending four seasons with Anaheim. Spiezio batted .265 with 16 homers last season while setting career highs in games (158), doubles (36), triples (seven) and RBI (83).
Spiezio owns a career .261 batting average with 91 homers and 424 RBI.
In his absence, Willie Bloomquist will likely step in as the starter at the hot corner.