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Placido Polanco diagnosed with sports hernia

Aug 8, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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We might not see Placido Polanco back in the Phillies’ lineup for a while.

According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro announced earlier this evening that Polanco was diagnosed with a sports hernia.

Polanco was sent back to Philadelphia over the weekend after revealing that he had been dealing with discomfort in his left hip for about a month. The veteran infielder is scheduled to receive an injection tomorrow and will be reevaulated on Friday. He has not been placed on the disabled list.

The Phillies haven’t ruled out surgery as a possibility, but it would not be a season-ending scenario. David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that team doctors believe Polanco could recover within 3-4 weeks.

Polanco, 35, is hitting .275/.330/.342 with four home runs and 40 RBI over 383 plate appearances this season, but has a .223 batting average and .544 OPS since the start of May. With the Phillies well out in front in the National League East, they can afford to get by with the likes of Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez at third base if it means Polanco will be healthy for the postseason.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    He done for the remainder of the season. I foretold this 3 weeks before the trade deadline that the Phillies needed insurance at 3rd, but no one took much credence to it. Wow, I’m a fortune teller.

    Actually, I just know baseball.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      When you start drawing checks for “just knowing baseball” I’ll be impressed.

      Or Maybe not. I’m not all that impressed with the people that do.

    • spudchukar - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      A real Abner Nostradamus you are.

  2. phillyphever - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Well, they can always make a call to Camden and see if Pedro Feliz would like to come back. I don’t think Polly’s coming back this season

    • FC - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:32 PM

      Oh man, if there was ever a case of an athlete totally losing his ability in a short time span… Let me put it this way, I prefer Martinez, he’s faster on the bases, great defense and will occasionally surprise you with the bat.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      You can’t be serious about Pedro Feliz.

  3. FC - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    As someone mentioned before if Polanco had spoken up ealier had might already been on his way to recovery and playing in full health by mid to late August. Instead he will likely go on the DL and will miss more time.

    • bleedgreen - Aug 9, 2011 at 7:51 AM

      *ahem* :)

      Exactly. He’s been hurt since the ASB. If he said something then, he’d already be just about ready to come off the DL right now.

  4. bcjim - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    When an athlete has a migraine or ED do the call it a”Sports migraine” or “Sports ED”? Its just a hernia, anyone can get them.

    • Chooch51Ruiz - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:21 PM

      A sports hernia actually is not a hernia at all (it is known as athletic pubalgia), it is a basically a tearing of the muscles and tendons within the pubic joint. Mcnabb had the same thing years ago and luckily there is a very capable doctor (William Meyers) located right in philly. I had this surgery several years ago and you can play through through the injury for only so long before it leaves you in a constant pain and limp.

      • bcjim - Aug 9, 2011 at 7:10 AM

        http://www.umm.edu/general_surgery/sportshernia.htm?gclid=CJnBko2JwqoCFSiE5godtCLlIA

        “A sports hernia is a type of small, inguinal hernia in which the muscles of the abdominal wall weaken or tear and cause pain in the groin area.”

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Nice win for the Phillies last night. It was good to see them have some success off of Kuroda. In other news, Aumont continues to dominate in AAA. He now has 24 strike outs in 13.2 innings since his promotion. Good to see the kid rebound after being horrid last season.

    • cleverbob - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      Yea, but can he field the hot corner?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:40 AM

        Martinez will do fine over there. He has a good glove. Can’t hit, but Polanco wasn’t hitting either.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM

        Martinez was starting to hit pretty well when Polly came back. He had a hit last night as well. Still more than Ibanez had last night.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

        Yeah, Ibanez is back to bad Ibanez again. He probably sits tonight against the lefty. Charlie needs to get in the habit of at least taking Ibanez out late in games for defensive purposes. Last night he made the final out in the 7th. When Bastardo relieved Halladay, it was the perfect time for a double switch. That would have allowed Bastardo to go back out there in the 8th and gotten Mayberry Jr. into the game. Come playoff time, in close games late Mayberry has to be out there.

      • cleverbob - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

        You’re right, fielding isn’t the issue. It would be nice to have Polanco back in September with a full swing, but they’re better off with Martinez if he can’t use his lower body and can only swing with his arms.

  6. FC - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    It was an ugly kind of win. A Win nonetheless. However, things that baffled me:

    1. Allowing the pitcher a bunting base hit? You’re up by 3! Grab the ball and get the out for crying out loud! Don’t wait to see where it rolls!

    2. Slow guy on first? Only 4 SB on the year? No problem plunk his butt on the pick off toss so he can reach scoring position.

    3. Runner interference stopped the tying run from getting to third? No problem, let me throw a wild pitch so you can get there and make things interesting.

    4. Rod Barajas, hitting .227 representing the tying run, 0 for 3 during the night, easy out all night long… naww let’s just walk him.

    It’s like the bullpen tried really really hard to give the game to the Dodgers. Fortunately the Dodgers were unable to score enough from the miscues and the Phillies capitalized on Dodgers mistakes as well.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      Can we add not using a double switch in the 7th inning that would have allowed Bastardo to stay in the game and strengthened the team by removing Ibanez and inserting Mayberry Jr.

      • phillyphever - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM

        There was no way in hell Bastardo was gonna face Kemp. Not a chance.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

        Why?
        Bastardo v righties: 91 at bats, 10 hits, 1 HR, OPS .380
        Stutes v righties: 88 at bats, 17 hits, 2 HR, OPS .567

    • FC - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:28 AM

      Doc. Question, is it me or was the strike zone a little squeezed? The outside corner pitches were being called balls, this affected Halladay and Stutes though I believe even Kuroda couldn’t get a strike there so he switched to the inside corner where the strikes counted. Halladay also got a strike 3 call on a very inside pitch.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        I thought the strike zone was squeezed on the outside too. Maybe even squeezed on the low side as well. With that being said, Halladay got a called strike 3 for the 3rd out in the 6th inning with 2 runners on….the pitch was clearly outside. Halladay didn’t seem to thrilled with the strike zone much of the night, neither did Ruiz.

    • FC - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      Oh and Lidge is transporting us to early 09, on the edge of disaster and you know it’s only a matter of time before he coughs a game up. I’m being a tad unfair because Lidge is probably still in Spring Training mode, he needs to locate that fastball to make his slider effective, it doesn’t have to be a 94 MPH fastball, 90-91 will do since he can throw his slider for 82-83. He’s not the dominant closer he once was, but he can be an effective 7th/8th Inning guy, he’s just not there right now.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM

        I think that bringing Lidge in the game with men on base is always going to be a problem. He is not a “put out the fire” type pitcher….at least not anymore. I think if you start him in an inning, he will do an effective job. He is just bound to allow base runners at this point in his career. Very true on locating the fastball. It looks like he has no idea where it is going to go or is afraid to throw in anywhere near the strike zone.The slider is still incredibly effective, particularly if he can get ahead in the count with it.

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