DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Phillies outfielder Scott Podsednik figures to be competing for a bench job with Juan Pierre this spring.
Podsednik went 1-for-2 with a double in Tuesday's 7-0 victory over the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. He is hitting .429 (3-for-7) with two doubles, one walk and one stolen base this spring. Pierre, who went 1-for-4 on Tuesday, is hitting .375 (3-for-8) with one walk and one stolen base.
"What I've seen, he swings the bat pretty good and he's got some quickness in his bat," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Podsednik. "He'll get a chance to play down here. We'll get a good read on him."
Podsednik and Pierre are similar players in that both play the outfield and have speed.
"They're good baserunners, and they can run," Manuel said. "The more he hits, the more he gets on, the better he is. The better his game is."