DUNEDIN, Fla. — The news just keeps getting worse for outfielder Scott Podsednik.
On Tuesday he showed up at camp with a cast on his left foot, the latest gambit to heal the plantar fasciitis that has plagued him since last season. Podsednik was cleaning out his locker at the major-league camp to move to the minor-league camp and it is extremely doubtful that he could be ready to open the season with the Jays as their backup outfielder on April 1.
If that’s the case, it would open the door for veteran outfielder Corey Patterson and utility infielder Mike McCoy as the final two players on the opening 25-man roster. Podsednik, however, was the Jays’ top choice.
The speedy outfielder will wear the cast for 10 days and then see how things stand. Given the nature of his injury, though, the chances are good that more rest is required and extended spring beckons.
Is the cast a last resort?
“Pretty much, pretty much,” he said. “Just shut it down completely, just shut it down from all activity is where we are. Our backs are pretty much against the wall so we have to let it try to heal on its own and try and let it calm down.”
And if it doesn’t get better?
“I’m going to take the amount of time it needs to get better,” he said. “I don’t know how much time that is but I’m going to do what I need to do to get it back underneath me, whatever that is.
“I understand what the Blue Jays have to do what they have to do and I’m fine with whatever decision they make. The bottom line is that I have to get both of my feet underneath me.”