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Blue Jays grant outfielder Scott Podsednik his release

May 11, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet passes along word that veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik has been granted his request for an¬†unconditional release from the Blue Jays organization.

Podsednik signed a minor league contract with the Jays over the winter that carried a potential $1 million in total value, but an old case of plantar fasciitis caught up with him during spring training and he was forced to open the regular season on the sidelines.

His foot condition progressively got better as he moved through extended spring training, but he fell flat offensively once he was shipped off to Triple-A Las Vegas in mid-April. The speedy 35-year-old posted a .254/.366/.356 batting line across 71 plate appearances for the 51s before finally throwing in the towel on Wednesday afternoon. He tallied three stolen bases in three chances.

Podsednik will presumably seek another opportunity. He didn’t draw much attention on the free agent market this offseason, but it’s possible that a club will get desperate enough for outfield depth and take a chance.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - May 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    If Delmon Young wasn’t due back at the end of the week, I’d assume the Twins would take a shot. Especially since the club seems hellbent on injecting some “speed” into the lineup, at any cost.

  2. deathmonkey41 - May 11, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    He absolutely killed the Yankees when he was with the Royals.

  3. Jonny 5 - May 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    He absolutely killed the Phillies when he was with the Dodgers.

  4. Jonny 5 - May 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    This guy is like just under .500 against Halladay, something like that. Then he steals bases on you.

  5. pisano - May 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    The Yankees might want to give him a look. The guy always seems to come through when you need him to, unlike most Yankees other than Cano and Granderson. If I’m not mistaken last night they were 1/15 with runners in scoring position, not very good.

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