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Placido Polanco is not in the Phillies' lineup for Game 1

Oct 6, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

In a surprise move, Placido Polanco is not in the Phillies’ lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS later this afternoon, with Wilson Valdez starting at third base in his absence.
Polanco has had elbow problems for most of the season and needed cortisone shots down the stretch to deal with the pain from a bone chip, but told reporters yesterday that he was feeling healthy enough to play.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that a back injury, not the elbow injury, is what has Polanco on the bench.
Polanco hit .298/.336/.396 despite playing through the bone chip and primarily batted second in the Phillies’ lineup throughout the regular season, but Shane Victorino is filling that spot today while Valdez and his measly .258/.306/.360 line bat eighth. Jimmy Rollins is leading off.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Hurts, but they’ll be fine. As long as Rollins doesn’t swing at the first freaking pitch.

  2. Jonny5 - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    You didn’t see him hit that first pitch fastball out of the Park against Atlanta? But I know what you mean… I think he’ll be just fine. I am wondering why Shane Victorino (who happens to be Hawaiian) isn’t leading off though???/

  3. Utley's hair - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Ruh-roh.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    I meant the first pitch of the game, not every at bat LOL. Sure, if the bases are loaded, first pitch swinging is cool because you got to figure the pitcher is going to try to get ahead and keep the pressure of himself. But on Sunday, against Hudson, he jumped at the first pitch of the game. Got to give the guys a few looks before you swing. He knows that…I’m sure he won’t be swinging at the first pitch today.

  5. birdmancometh - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Let’s go heisey!

  6. Utley's hair - Oct 6, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Shplain to me how Polly hurt his back on an off day.

  7. Jonny5 - Oct 6, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    mmkay, ready? Well he was walking by one fine seniorita and turned his head too fast. Which caused his 80 Lb head to damage his lower back. At least that’s what I’m hearing….

  8. Utley's hair - Oct 6, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Well, he didn’t swing at the FIRST pitch.

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