I was never all that worried about Podsednik at the plate. I know he can hit .270 and post a .330 OBP. But .270/.330 isn't very useful when it's accompanied by a .350 SLG. That is unless you bring something else to the table, like speed. And that's where the problem lies. Pods' speed just isn't what it used to be.
Since Podsednik broke into the big leagues, he's produced infield hits at a very consistent rate of around 10% per groudball. Last night, Podsednik had his first infield hit of the season on a well placed drag bunt, bringing his 2006 infield hit rate to just 2.1% per ground ball.