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Injured, slumping Placido Polanco will play in All-Star game

Jul 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Placido Polanco has slumped horribly following a great first month, hitting just .219 with a .541 OPS in 56 games since May 1, and admitted yesterday that he’s struggled to play through a back injury that has led to leg numbness and “doesn’t feel right.”

The injury and two-month slump didn’t keep him from being voted into the All-Star game as the National League’s starting third baseman and it won’t keep him from playing in the game either.

“I won’t probably make it any worse,” Polanco told Todd Zolecki of

He’s been playing through the injury for two months already, so another few innings isn’t going to dramatically change anything, but given how poor his performance has been during that time it would seem like an opportunity to completely rest for a few days in an effort to get on track in the second half.

Charlie Manuel told Zolecki he doesn’t have a problem with Polanco playing, calling it “a big honor for him.”

  1. Chris Fiorentino's Rash - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Oh ok. Thanks for going out there unable to give 100% and creating a weakness in the field and at the plate.

    Start to another AL streak? This prick doesn’t even share a loyalty to the National League so what does he care?
    Is he just trying to make sure he gets his ASG appearance check?

    (Give Polanco the thumbs down if you agree.. heh)

    • Phillies Homer - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      I wish there was a “give the middle finger up if you disagree” option…


  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    As an AL fan, HURRAY! (Now watch him hit 2 grand slams off Verlander or something)

  3. mdc242 - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Doesn’t share loyalty to the NL? You are dumb.

    • Chris Fiorentino's Rash - Jul 5, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      Yeah, that was my mistake. I forgot he played for STL and PHI previously.
      But I still question the loyalty, if there is any at all.

      And I understand a lot of the players now do not have a loyalty or passion for their league. Most of us would flip on our loyalty for a league if the paycheck is right.

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