Cory Spangenberg is back at Triple-A Memphis, trying to continue a recent resurgence at the plate, following his first Major League Baseball appearance since 2019 when he made his St. Louis Cardinals debut last week.
The 31-year-old third baseman and utility player from Abington Heights replaced Albert Pujols in the lineup late in Tuesday’s 10-3 loss by the Cardinals in Toronto.
Spangenberg, who last played in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2019 National League playoffs, did not bat in the game. He was called up a day earlier and returned to Memphis Thursday.
St. Louis signed Spangenberg to a minor league contract in March after he spent two years playing in the top league in Japan.
Spangenberg returned to the lineup in Memphis where he is 7-for-19 with a double, triple, home run, stolen base and six runs scored over the last five games to raise his season batting average from .207 to .220.
The leader of a 2019 state championship by the Comets, Spangenberg has now played more than 1,000 professional games in North American where he has spent nine years of his 11-year professional career.