SAN DIEGO -- Infielder Logan Forsythe has ditched the protective boot he's worn since Spring Training, the one designed to help the plantar fasciitis in his right foot heal.
On Wednesday, he'll put his good foot forward -- well, both of them -- when he jogs for the first time, the first notable step in weeks toward getting back on the field.
"There's nothing you can do but sit and wait," Forsythe said recently when asked how frustrated he is with the injury that's bothered him since late in Spring Training.
Forsythe was placed on the disabled list on March 31, retroactive to March 27. He stood a good chance to make the Opening Day roster before the injury, especially since Chase Headley started the season on the disabled list with a fractured tip of his left thumb.
Instead, Forsythe has been biding his time when he can get back on the field. He's been playing catch to keep his arm in shape and has taken swings in the indoor batting cage, using only his upper body.
That could change soon enough.
"By next week, you could see him in more baseball-related activities," Padres manager Bud Black said.
That would mean taking part in pregame drills on the field -- taking ground balls at various positions in the infield and also taking batting practice, all while being able to place full weight and run on his right foot without pain.
"Hopefully from there, we can slowly progress," he said. "We haven't had any setbacks along the way and it's feeling better each day. By the time the running comes … everything else should come back quickly."