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Scott Podsednik to wear cast on left foot for at least 10 days

Mar 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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Scott Podsednik‘s setback with the plantar fasciitis in his left foot means that he’ll be wearing a cast for at least the next 10 days, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

That means the earliest he’d be able to resume baseball activities is March 25, which would leave Podsednik less than a week to get ready for the Blue Jays’ season opener against the Twins. In other words, he’s all but certain to begin the season on the disabled list or, because he signed a non-guaranteed minor-league contract, at Triple-A.

All of which makes Podsednik’s misguided decision to turn down a one-year, $2 million deal from the Dodgers back in November look like an even bigger mistake. At best he’ll make just half that money with the Blue Jays and at worst–which is what we’re seeing so far given the foot injury–he’ll end up spending much of the year earning significantly less than that while rehabbing or riding buses in the minors.

  1. cur68 - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    This is an injury I’d like to hear more about. PF isn’t always PF; sometimes (or maybe always; depending on who you talk to) it’s actually an inflammation/swelling in the fat part of the big muscle that runs along the sole of the foot (flexor digitorum brevis). If you think Utley’s knee troubles were fascinating then you should pay some attention to PF. I think there’s a nice living/medical breakthough to be had coming up with a good fix for this.

  2. purdueman - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    I have had PF and all that I can tell you is that it hurts like hell and it’s hard to even walk, much less run with it. The problem usually occurs due to having naturally high arches and a lack of support for same. The most common treatment is a cortisone shot deep into your heel to calm the tendon down, followed by custom orthodic inserts for your shoes in order to compensate for your “imbalance” that triggers and/or aggravates the condition.

    As for Pods opting out with the Dodgers? Hindsight is always 20/20; given the fact that Pods has now had to go begging for a job twice now since the White Sox let him initially go as a free agent after their 2005 Championship run, Pods surely had to know that his market was pretty limited. It may all have come down to Pods feeling that he likely wouldn’t get much playing time with the Dodgers and preferring to seek a team that would guarantee him more playing time.

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