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Placido Polanco took batting practice, “felt pretty good”

Mar 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Placido Polanco took live batting practice today and afterward said that his sprained left index finger “felt pretty good.”

Polanco has been out of the lineup since injuring his finger diving back into first base Sunday and according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer most of the swelling has subsided, but there’s no return timetable yet.

However, barring a setback it at least sounds like Polanco won’t join Ryan Howard and Chase Utley as Phillies starting infielders beginning the season on the disabled list. In the meantime, Jimmy Rollins may want to cover himself in bubble wrap or something.

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