Left fielder's future is uncertain

Updated: July 28, 2004, 9:55 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Shane Spencer appears to have worn out his welcome with the New York Mets.

Spencer was suspended without pay by the Mets on Wednesday, one day after he was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol and charged with driving under the influence.

Shane Spencer
Left Field
New York Mets
74 4 26 21 6 .281

Spencer is on the 15-day disabled list after cutting his right foot on a piece of glass in a New York bar Thursday night. Earlier this year, Spencer and then-teammate Karim Garcia were each fined $500 by the Mets because of an off-field incident during spring training.

Mets general manager Jim Duquette was asked in a conference call Wednesday if the team's patience had run out with the outfielder.

"I think our actions speak for that," Duquette said.

Spencer, who was in Florida to work out at the Mets' minor league facility in Port St. Lucie, was stopped by state troopers between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday morning for driving 96 mph in a 70 mph speed zone on I-95 in St. Lucie County.

According to Lt. David Frith, the officers smelled alcohol on Spencer's breath and "he acknowledged that he had a few drinks. Spencer failed several roadside sobriety tests and was arrested. He refused to take a breathalyzer test and was charged with misdemeanor DUI.

Spencer was released from the St. Lucie County Jail on $350 bond at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. It was unknown when Spencer would make his initial court appearance on the charge.

Duquette was unable to say what the team would do about the matter when Spencer is eligible to come off the disabled list.

"We haven't made a final determination yet on that about his future," Duquette said. "We're still talking those details through."

In March, Spencer and Garcia, now with the Baltimore Orioles, were accused of roughing up a pizza deliveryman during spring training in Port St. Lucie.

A report was filed with the Port St. Lucie police department, but an investigation resulted in no charges being filed against the two players.

Spencer is hitting .281 with four homers, 26 RBIs and six stolen bases in 185 at-bats in his first season with the Mets.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press