Reid Brignac, who hasn’t played since Thursday, has a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his foot. And with the regular season just two weeks away, it is not clear if Briggy will be ready for opening day (via TampaBay.com)…

“That’s just a nasty little injury,” managerJoe Maddon said. “I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take”…The condition is painful and to properly heal requires the plantar fascia sheath to tear on its own, Maddon said, which makes it difficult to predict a timeline.

Since the beginning of camp, Joe Maddon has insisted that the shortstop position is up for grabs, even though it seemed pretty clear that Brignac and Sean Rodriguez were headed towards a platoon. Well, injuries have a funny way of settling these issues, and now a foot injury may leave Brignac sidelined on opening day.

 

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  1. Geo says:

    I'd hope his job is in jeopardy because he kinda sucks.

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  2. angrybuddha says:

    Mark McGwire played in just 74 games over two seasons - partially because of a plantar fascia issue. This could be the leading indicator of a much longer-term problem for Briggy.

    Also, I had plantar fasciitis at one point... it hurts like hell - you can't really walk without straining it.

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  3. angrybuddha says:

    Hindsight is so illuminating. Check this article from 1995 about McGwire:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1995/02/14/SP39840.DTL

    Excerpt:
    McGwire, 31, had surgery on his left foot on August 30 and has subsequently worked himself back into what he calls the best shape of his life. He's kept his weight at about 250 pounds but has reduced his body fat from 16 to 18 percent last year to 8 percent, he said, giving him a leaner look.

    "I can finally see my six pack,'' he said in a phone interview last week. "I look totally different, because I've lost some baby fat. But as far as my strength, I'm stronger than ever. It's amazing when you eat right and do a lot of cardiovascular exercise, how much your body can change.''

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