Forsythe to pass on playing winter ball

Forsythe to pass on playing winter ball

PHOENIX -- Infielder Logan Forsythe has decided against trying to play this winter, opting instead to focus on having a "healthy off-season."

The Padres had asked Forsythe to consider playing this winter, though they understood that there were no guarantees he would be able to get time at shortstop if he decided to go, especially if he were to go to the Dominican, Puerto Rican or Venezuelan winter leagues.

Instead, the Padres will adhere to the same plan they had this past Spring Training, when they wanted to look at Forsythe at shortstop to see if he can handle the position, already knowing that he can play third and second base.

However, those plans were dashed early this spring when Forsythe broke a bone in his left foot. He missed the first 54 games of the season before being reinstated from the disabled list on June 3 after 58 at-bats with Triple-A Tucson.

Heading into Thursday's series finale against the D-backs, Forsythe was hitting .292 with five home runs and 23 RBIs in 274 at-bats. He figures to make the 2013 roster as a utility man, though the Padres are still curious to see if he can handle the rigors of shortstop.

So look for him to get reps at shortstop in Spring Training.

"I have an idea that's how it's going to happen in the spring," Forsythe said. "And moving all around the diamond, as well."