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Back still sore, Placido Polanco won’t return Wednesday

Jul 17, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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From Jay Greenberg of MLB.com comes word that Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has experienced renewed back soreness after trying to take batting practice the past two days.

Polanco has been sidelined since July 4 with a bulging disk. He tried to play down the severity of the injury at first, not landing on the disabled list until July 15, but it seems now that he’s coming to grips with the fact that he must rest. The Phillies are said to be doubtful that the 35-year-old will feel well enough to be activated Wednesday, the first day he’s eligible.

“It’s sore,” Polanco said. “It might be just because I hadn’t hit for three days and that’s the reason. I don’t know. I’m not going to hit [Sunday] — let it calm down and see how it feels.”

The 14-year veteran is batting .274/.331/.346 with 11 doubles and four homers in 83 games this season. Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez have been sharing starting duties at the hot corner in his absence.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 17, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Like I’ve been saying, the Phillies need to acquire a right handed third baseman.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      How many left handed third basemen do you know of that are in the league? I think saying they need to acquire a third baseman gets your point across.

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