Braves release troubled infielder Spiezio from minors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scott Spiezio was released by the Atlanta Braves from their top minor league affiliate, less than a week after the veteran infielder pleaded guilty in a drunken-driving case.

Spiezio spent 12 years in the majors. He was released by St. Louis in February and signed by Atlanta last month.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said the team and Spiezio had agreed that he would submit to testing, continue his rehabilitation and report to the ballpark each day prepared to play.

The 35-year-old Spiezio pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor drunken driving and hit-and-run charges stemming from a December car crash in Southern California. He was sentenced to three years' probation and agreed to undergo a three-month alcohol program, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and complete 80 hours of community service.

Wren informed Spiezio of his release yesterday.

In five games with Richmond, Spiezio batted .333. He has batted .255 in a major league career with Oakland, Anaheim, Seattle and St. Louis.