DUNEDIN, Fla. — Scott Podsednik’s quest to put his plantar fasciitis woes behind him hit a speedbump Saturday when he was forced to scratch himself from the lineup.
Podsednick played four innings on Friday in which time he walked twice and stole a base. It was his first game of the spring.
Podsednik, a non-roster player, is expected to make the team and serve as the backup outfielder. The speedy outfielder, who has 301 stolen bases in his career, was hobbled by his left foot problems last season when he was shut down for the season Sept. 9.
The last thing he wanted was a recurrence but here it is.
Podsednik has enough of a track record as a player to make the team but his foot issues are another thing. He has to show the Jays he is healthy and he has been anything but this spring.
“It’s a little more tender than I expected it today so we’re going to give it a day, try to calm it down and come back tomorrow and see where we are,” Podsednik said. “We were going to try to play today but the best thing to do is to try to prevent any more damage and give it another day to calm down and see how it feels tomorrow.
“I don’t think we should push it at this point. It’s more preventative than I would say a setback.”
With 21/2 weeks remaining in camp, Podsednik does not have time on his side. The Jays could very well head north for their April 1 season opener, have Podsednik on the DL and send him to extended spring training to show that he is healthy.
“I might have to,” he agreed. “It just depends on how much playing time I’m able to get here this spring and how much information the club’s going to need to make a decision.
“It’s a little premature to answer that at this point. I still feel I can go out and play at the major league level so I don’t want to do anything crazy right now that’s going to jeopardize my career down the road.”
If Podsednik isn’t ready to go by the end of spring training it enhances the chances of veteran outfielder Corey Patterson and utility play Mike McCoy to make the team.