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Injury may cost Podsednik chance to make club

Injury may cost Podsednik chance to make club

Injury may cost Podsednik chance to make club
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Scott Podsednik's chances of making the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster suffered a major blow on Tuesday when it was revealed the 34-year-old will have his left foot in a cast for the next 10 days.

Doctors are hopeful that the cast will help Podsednik's nagging plantar fasciitis injury that has been bothering him since he first reported to Spring Training. His foot will be completely immobilized and there is no timetable for his return.

"We haven't really set an exact date for when we're going to try and make it back," said Podsednik, who hit .297 with 35 stolen bases last season.

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"We don't know exactly what the foot's going to feel like after the 10 days. There's a possibility we might have to go back in a cast for another week. So kind of just playing it by ear at this point, we don't really know exactly how it's going to respond."

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Podsednik appeared to have turned a corner on Friday when he made his Grapefruit League debut following a 12-game absence. The native of Texas walked twice and stole a base during that game against the Yankees, but arrived at camp the next day experiencing more pain in the injured foot.

He's been told surgery likely wouldn't be the best solution, so the only remaining option is to just let the foot rest and see how it feels once the cast is removed.

"Completely shut it down from all activity," Podsednik said of his plan. "That's kind of where we are. Our backs are pretty much against the wall, so we just have to let it try to heal on its own and try to let it calm down."

Podsednik spoke to reporters while he was cleaning out his locker at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. He was set to return to the Bobby Mattick Training Center, where he will continue his rehab with the Blue Jays' Minor Leaguers.

His status for Opening Day appears very much in doubt. Podsednik was facing competition from Corey Patterson and Mike McCoy for one of the final two spots on Toronto's bench, but with his return date unknown Podsednik's season likely will start at extended Spring Training when the season opens on April 1.

"It does me or the Blue Jays no good to just limp around the baseball field," said Podsednik, who is signed to a non-guaranteed Minor League deal. "I understand the Blue Jays have to do what they have to do and I'm fine with whatever decision they make. But the bottom line is I have to get both of my feet back underneath me."

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