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Placido Polanco to undergo MRI exam after finally revealing hip injury to Phillies

Aug 8, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

Placido Polanco on bases

Placido Polanco has played through several injuries this season with limited success, following up an excellent April by hitting just .223 with a .544 OPS in 63 games since.

And now he’s headed back to Philadelphia to undergo an MRI exam on his sore left hip, which Polanco revealed yesterday had been bothering him for about a month before finally causing him to leave Saturday’s game in the eighth inning.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it clear that Polanco did not suffer the hip injury from Eli Whiteside‘s quasi-tackle during the bench-clearing scuffle with the Giants, telling Jim Salisbury of “Absolutely not. He said he’s had it for some time, but we were not made aware of it until now.”

Playing through pain is usually seen as a positive thing in the world of sports, often leading to praise being heaped on the injured players, but when their performance suffers while remaining in the lineup and/or keeping an injury secret that often gets brushed under the rug. Polanco has been a terrible hitter for going on four months now, so while noble his efforts to play through and even conceal injuries haven’t done the Phillies much good and could have him at less than full strength for the playoffs.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    He just came off the disabled list and had been dealing with this issue since before he was put on the DL….and told nobody? At this point, the Phillies are use to dealing with a sub par Polanco or no Polanco so it is not a gigantic loss. I guess it will mean the much anticipated return of Pete Orr.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    “so while noble his efforts to play through and even conceal injuries haven’t done the Phillies much good.”

    Yeah, a MLB best record of 74-40. How thoughtless of Polanco. Think if he treated this situation the right way, the Phillies would have a record of 80-34 by now. Damn you, Polanco!

    • vintage1496 - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      I’m not sure Polanco concealing his injuries is what led to the Phillies’ record.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        I was being sarcastic. No, the reason they have weathered not having Polanco in the lineup too much is because they have great depth in the rest of their lineup, bench, and because of the obvious, superior pitching.

      • FC - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:19 AM

        biceps, you may have to use the sarcasm tag, it seems people don’t get it…

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        FC, I would hate to use the sarcasm tag because I would like to think that the IQ of HBT readers is pretty high.

      • vintage1496 - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        Thanks guys!

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Now that a Phillies post is up I can talk about Oswalt. He had more life on the fastball than I though he would. However, his location in the strike zone was not great. Furthermore, he and Chooch did not appear to be on the same page. I imagine that has more to do with rust. For instance, after meeting on a mound they decide to throw a 0-2 high fastball to the 8 hole hitter with the bases loaded. Hell, a decent curve probably gets him there. The Giants seemed to be waiting to ambush 1st pitch fastballs yesterday. I fully expect Oswalt to have a much better game next time out. Lincecum was great. No doubt about that. I though the Phillies got better swings off him this time compared to last time, though. Halladay v Kuroda tonight. Should be a good one….Halladay is Halladay and the Phillies don’t hit Kuroda.

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

      Oswalt likes to call his own game. I noticed that since last year when the Phillies acquired him. I did not think it was unusual for him to shrugg off Chooch. He might have done it a little more than usual. The other aces pretty much allow Chooch to call the whole game, with only the occasional nod off. The Giants went up there hacking on first pitches. No doubt. They had to do something because their offense has been lethargic. Hell, they had a few instances where there was less than two outs and were trying to bunt runners in from 3rd. How desparate can you get? Timmy pitched a great game. Nothing can be down except to tip your cap and move on. Something tells me Doc will have a great game tonight.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    The Phillies could really use a left handed bench bat with some pop. In the post season I imagine that would be Brown because Gload just can’t cut it anymore.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      The additional bat will have to be done internally. Reports are that the Phillies will not be acquiring anyone outside the organization through the waver wire because they have zero money to spend. Any further acquisition would put them over the luxury tax, which they will not do. So, I guess it will have to be Brown.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

        I figured as much at this point. In my opinion, it doesn’t even have to be a good hitter just somebody who can run into one on occasion. Gload has what, two doubles on the year and doesn’t walk and can’t play the field. So, what is his purpose?

      • FC - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:18 AM

        I’ve been of the opinion for a while that Gload should just take season ending surgery for that hip. Every time he pinch hits, he has to be taken out for a pinch runner. That’s two bench players you have to waste in one at-bat. With that injury he can’t hit for power, as evidenced when he hit a fly ball into CF yesterday (presumably he was trying to hit a HR, it seems ALL Phillies batters were trying to do that yesterday in the last two innings, trying to pull a Mayberry, but I digress).

        Manual can state all he wants that Gload leads the league in Pinch Hits, but they are all practically singles. In the play-offs you want a bench guy with power, who can hit the HR or a double off the wall, that player is not Gload (at least not this year).

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        I have said before on many occasions that Gload is pretty much useless and causes you to use an extra bench player if he hits a single because they always have to pinch run for him. He also cannot generate any power with the hip injury whatsoever. There’s no sound logic to having the guy on the roster if he can’t physically run.

  5. bleedgreen - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Why are these players so afraid to say they’re hurt? If Polanco was already on the DL with his back, why not mention his hip hurts? What good are you gonna be not saying anything and a week back from the DL you go back on cuz your hip still hurts. They could have been treating both issues while he was on the DL.

    Same with Oswalt. If you’re hurt, TELL THEM YOU’RE HURT. Don’t try and be Johnny Hero and throw a shitty game in pain.

    • FC - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

      Clubhouse Banter Part #2

      – Hey Polly, you’re hip!

      – It’s been feeling ok, some soreness-

      – No man, you are hip! Diving for that ball! Taking a tackle from Whiteside and brushing it off…

      – Oh.. well, part of the job. It was nothing really. And he did NOT tackle me.

      – Polly your hip!

      – Well I am known to be cool but hip is a little over the top.

      – No, no, your HIP, how is it feeling?

      – Uhh, It could be better…

      – Polly you’re hip!

      – Oh man, not again…

    • spudchukar - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      Because every baseball player must play hurt. Often the last person to recognize an injury is effecting performance is the player himself. Confidence is often what separates the good from mediocrity. Confidence that you will be successful often clouds judgement, therefore players sometimes are the poorest judges.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        I don’t know people are thumbing that down Spuds….makes perfect sense to me.

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