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Forsythe in boot, will miss a week

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres infielder Logan Forsythe will be in a boot for three to four days, a result of the plantar fasciitis in his right foot that will keep him out of action for about a week.

He received an injection in the foot and said the treatment should go a long way toward curing the lingering ailment.

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"It was barking a little bit before spring, but I didn't think it was anything like this," Forsythe said. "I started doing everyday things, and I just couldn't shake it. We made a decision Saturday to shoot it up and just take a couple days, and hopefully it clears up."

Forsythe has a bit of a history with injury problems in the spring. He missed time early last season when he had the sesamoid bone surgically removed from his left foot. He got off to a late start this spring because of a sore knee.

With highly touted rookie Jedd Gyorko competing for the second base job, it's possible Forsythe's role this season will be as more of a utility man. He has started twice at shortstop and has worked in camp at third base and in the outfield.

"I think [the versatility] will help tremendously, not just for me, but for the team," Forsythe said. "If there's a spot, [manager Bud Black] doesn't have to go looking for another player. He can just put me in."

Forsythe said he sees the time off as a bit of a positive after spending much of his downtime during the first couple of weeks of games constantly stretching and worrying about his foot.

The extended Spring Training because of the World Baseball Classic also helps, and Black said with the extra time to work this spring, he does not see the injury as too much of a setback.

"It's not ideal, because players want to play," Black said. "This is just a little bit of a deterrent that keeps him from getting innings, but it has no bearing on how we feel about him as a player."

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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