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Scott Podsednik has plantar fasciitis and is wearing a boot

Feb 21, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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Scott Podsednik, who signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays last week after previously turning down $2 million from the Dodgers, is wearing a walking boot because of plantar fasciitis.

John Lott of the National Post reports that Podsednik is due to be examined by doctors when he arrives at Blue Jays camp tomorrow and there’s currently “no timetable” for his readiness for game action. According to Lott, manager John Farrell indicated that the team didn’t know about the injury when they signed Podsednik, which is surprising given that it was just last week and so much of his value stems from speed.

Podsednik is slated to compete for a bench spot in Toronto, but could also be an option as the Blue Jays’ left fielder and leadoff man depending on how the rest of the lineup shakes out. He can earn $1 million by making the team, so Podsednik’s decision to decline his half of a mutual option with the Dodgers back in November will cost him at least $1 million even if he gets healthy and wins a job. And with an injury that tends to linger, that’s far from a guarantee.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 21, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    That’s a miserable thing. I had it in both heels, mostly the right though, and it lingered for two and a half years. I went to orthopedists and chiropractors who gave me exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs and cold gel packs, you name it. I travel a lot and it made me dread airport concourses like I used to dread the zombie in my closet when I was a pre-adolescent.

    Then I saw an article on the Scientific American web site about the anti-inflammatory properties of acai berry. I starting drinking two 12-ounce bottles of Sambazon organic acai juice a day and the damned thing went away in a couple of weeks and never came back, among other things that seemed to change for the better. Coincidence? Maybe. But you’ll never convince me of that. I still make myself an acai protein and soluble fiber smoothie every morning, and the inflammation has never returned. Good stuff, that. Give it a try, Scott.

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