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.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.