BALTIMORE -- The depleted numbers in the Red Sox's outfield have provided an opportunity for Scott Podsednik, who played center field on Wednesday afternoon in his first Major League start since Sept. 9, 2010.
And before the game, manager Bobby Valentine was kind enough to share all of Podsednik's attributes in his scouting report from Triple-A Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler. One thing not mentioned was Podsednik's power, which has never been one of his strengths.
But there Podsednik was on Wednesday, belting a solo homer to right in the eighth that provided crucial insurance in a 6-5 win over the Orioles.
It was just his 42nd career homer in 1,018 games.
"It felt real good," said Podsednik. "It's good to be back in the big leagues. I got a pitch up, an offspeed pitch up, and I put a pretty good swing on it."
How does Podsednik's speed compare now at the age of 36 to a couple of years ago, when he stole 35 bases?
"Good enough, yeah," Valentine said. "Again, we're going to find out. He got down to first all right [Tuesday night]. Yep. I did not have the stopwatch on."
Valentine is comfortable enough from the scouting report he got from Beyeler that he thinks Podsednik can contribute.
"Well, Arnie gave me a good report on his availability, what he can do and what he should do here at the Major Leagues, and it sounds like exactly what we need," Valentine said. "He'll work the count. If he gets on base, he'll cause a little havoc and maybe give us a little dimension we haven't had for a while."