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Placido Polanco diagnosed with bulging disc in back

Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

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The Phillies were dealt another blow on the injury front before tonight’s game, as Placido Polanco confirmed that he was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back.

Polanco has begun taking an anti-inflammatory medication, but if the pills don’t help ease the discomfort in his back, he will be treated with an anti-inflammatory injection.  The silver lining here is that while Polanco is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game tonight, he told that he hasn’t ruled out playing this weekend against the division-rival Braves or even in the All-Star Game.

Polanco was voted in as the starting third baseman to represent the National League in next week’s All-Star Game. He’s hitting .274/.331/.346 with four homers and 39 RBI this season, but has a .216 batting average and .537 OPS since the start of May.

  1. macjacmccoy - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Wow what a performance by the rookie Juan Perez. Stroke out the side on 9 pitches in the top of the 10th innings. Beautiful. Halladay was great but Im happy Perez got the win he deserved it.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:30 AM

      Yeah, that was ridiculously impressive. Bastardo and Stutes were also very impressive in relief today. As long as the starter can get through 7, the Phillies are fine. It is just when they have to turn to the likes of Carpenter, Mathieson, Herndon, and Baez that things get nerve wracking and dicey. On the bright side, when Madson, Contreas, and Lidge return all but Baez will be gone.

      • nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

        Can’t be soon enough!

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