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Placido Polanco on struggling with back injury, leg numbness: “It doesn’t feel right”

Jul 4, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

Placido Polanco on bases

Placido Polanco was voted into the All-Star game as a starter yesterday despite a modest .681 OPS that ranks 59th among NL hitters and the third baseman admitted to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s been playing through a back injury:

I hate to use excuses, but it doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t feel right. My back is a little sore. I have a pinched nerve where I feel some numbness in my leg. It’s playable. It’s not painful to the point I can’t play.

Polanco got off to a great start, batting .398 in April, but he’s hit just .219 with an awful .541 OPS in 56 games since then, including 0-for-12 so far in July, dragging his season totals down to career-lows in batting average (.277), slugging percentage (.349), and OPS (.681).

It’s tough to say a player should be benched the day after he’s voted in as an All-Star game starter, but at some point it should become obvious that the Phillies will be better off giving Polanco at least the occasional day off in the second half. He’s not doing anyone any good by playing poorly through the injury every day.

  1. trigzter - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    I think Charlie cringes at the thought of Valdez starting at 3rd

    • MightyMoonWorm - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      That’s a major defensive liability right there. Not that Valdez isn’t manageable, but Polanco has been just fantastic in the field since coming to Philly.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    I had two back surgeries last summer for an extruded disc and pinched nerve. I still don’t feel anywhere near right and my left leg often goes numb. I feel for the dude.

  3. FC - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    All the more reason to rest more often. He was having a dynamite season before playing hurt. If we had a credible back up in the minor leagues Polanco would have been on the DL already. As a matter of fact I count the Phillies lucky that aside from Utley none of their other regular infielders have gone down. If you check the farm system, they’ve been hurt exactly where they currently have talent: Rotation and Bullpen.

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