Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Scott Podsednik Health Prompts Darin Erstad Deal

Former Angels first baseman/outfielder Darin Erstad was reported by WGN TV in Chicago to be on the verge of finalizing a deal with the White Sox to back up outfielder Scott Podsednik, who may miss up to eight weeks because of unexpected hernia surgery.

Erstad has been on the market since last fall, but potential suitors had been slow to pursue him due to concerns over a myriad of injuries Erstad has sustained in recent years, including to the hand, legs and ankle that caused doubts about his ability to stop, start and turn quickly.

Erstad's agent, however, claimed the 32-year-old Jamestown, N.D. native has been on the mend, and will be virtually 100 percent by the start of the season. In an injury-shortened season last year, Erstad hit just .221, a tremendous comedown since his 2000 campaign, when he batted .355 with 25 homers and 100 RBI.