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Astros Infielder Has Back Surgery

May 16, 2001

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HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston Astros infielder Bill Spiers had surgery Wednesday to remove a cyst and ruptured disc from his lower back.

``It was the best possible scenario we could have hoped for,″ general manager Gerry Hunsicker said. ``Bill’s prognosis for recovery is good. We are going to take this situation one step at a time.″

Spiers, 34, was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 16 because of degenerative discs in his back. He had been limited since early spring with lower back pain.

Spiers’ absence, along with a drop in production from third baseman Chris Truby, prompted the Astros to sign Vinny Castilla on Tuesday. Castilla was released by Tampa Bay last week.

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