CLEVELAND – At this stage of Scott Podsednik's career, nothing shocks him any longer. Less than two weeks after he was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Podsednik is back with Boston.
The Red Sox signed him to a major-league contract after Thursday's game, and he was in the starting lineup in left field against the Indians on Friday.
"Nothing surprises me in this game anymore, to be honest with you," Podsednik said. "I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to come in and play."
Podsednik, 36, was traded by the Red Sox to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31. He refused a minor league assignment to Class AAA Reno.
"I didn't necessarily agree with that," he said. "They decided to release me. I cleared waivers and became a free agent."
Nine days later, he's back with the Red Sox. He's not sure how he's going to fit in.
"We'll see," he said. "You never know. I'll go day to day and prepare myself to play. I'm ready to fly."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine plans on using Podsednik as his fourth outfielder.
To fit Podsednik on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox sent outfielder Ryan Kalish to Class AAA Pawtucket.
"We felt it was a little upgrade over Ryan," Valentine said. "(Podsednik is) an experienced guy that is not used to playing all the time. Ryan was a very good player who was a little lost this time around. He couldn't quite get untracked. We wanted him to get some consecutive at-bats. We want him to feel good about himself before he comes back."