Podsednik's Injury and Game Notes
Scott Podsednik left yesterday’s game against the Cubs after feeling a ‘twinge’ in his groin while running out a double. The Sox trainer Herm Schneider doesn’t think it is serious; he reckons Pods would be fine to play today against the D-Backs. I don’t share his optimism. I really, really hope that Podsednik is fine, but this sounds an awful lot like the problem that plagued him during the second half of the season. His numbers say it all, pre-All Star Game his SB% was 83.0% vs. 51.7% post-All Star Game when he was hampered by a groin injury. If Podsednik isn’t ready to go by the beginning of the season, it looks like Ozzie will go a with a platoon in left field with Ross Gload and Rob Mackowiak splitting time. Hopefully Podsednik is healthy and he can help the Sox get off to another fast start.
Jim Thome seems to be peaking at the right time. He hit two bombs for the second consecutive day.
After the second Thome home run and after Konerko hit one to the track, Greg Maddox (who was pitching) plunked Jermaine Dye. Buehrle, who was pitching for the Sox, didn’t retaliate, but I bet the Sox players will remember that when the two teams square off in May.
6 days 'til Opening Day!