The End of the Scott Podsednik Era


Tony Jackson (via Jon Weisman) breaks the news:

Dodgers left fielder Scott Podsednik probably will miss the rest of the season because of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which didn’t subside while he was sitting out the Dodgers’ three previous games plus the off day on Monday.

Podsednik, a Texas native, is traveling to Dallas for a second opinion, although the injury isn’t expected to require any kind of surgical procedure. But Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said Podsednik will be shut down from any kind of running for 10-14 days, and with only 20 days left in the season, that doesn’t leave much time for him to get back in the lineup.

“It is unlikely that he will come back this season,” Conte said.

I take no joy in this; Podsednik seems like a good guy and it’s rough to see anyone go down with injury. That said, this is probably a good thing for the team. As Torre mentions later in the Jackson story, this likely results in Jay Gibbons seeing more playing time, and finding out what role Gibbons can play in 2011 is one of the more important tasks remaining this season.

If this is indeed it for Podsednik’s season, his Dodger tenure ends as a disappointing one. His line of .262/.313/.336, with 5 steals and 3 caught stealing, comes out to just a 79 OPS+ (and -0.2 WAR), well below his 107 OPS+ line for Kansas City. By comparison, Lucas May had an .878 OPS with 5 homers in 24 games for the KC AAA team. So there’s that.

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