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Phillies put Placido Polanco on disabled list with back injury

Jul 26, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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So much for the Phillies trading Placido Polanco.

Philadelphia has placed the third baseman on the disabled list with lower back inflammation and he won’t be eligible to return until a week after the July 31 trade deadline.

Of course, finding a taker for the 36-year-old would have been tough even if Polanco were healthy, as he’s hit just .255 with a .628 OPS in 82 games this season, wasn’t much better last season, and is owed about $3 million for the remainder of this year with a $1 million buyout on his $5.5 million option for 2014.

Ty Wigginton figures to be the primary fill-in at third base, which is a big downgrade defensively and not much of an upgrade offensively considering he’s 34 years old and hitting .234 with a .678 OPS in 86 games.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    His spine’s probably screwed up from having to support that enormous head.

  2. jgarrett247 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    As a Phillies fan, ^^^^^ that was the best comment of the day for me. I lol’d.

  3. prionogenic - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    As a Phillies fan, this is terrible news. I saw Ty Wigginton butcher two routine plays yesterday that almost cost the Phillies the game. A soft chopper and pop-up to third

    • muckthefets23 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      As a Phillies fan it is terrible news, but that indeed is the best comment of the day, dude does have an enormous and misshapen head. Looks kinda like one of the crystal skulls from the Indiana Jones movie.

      • jgarrett247 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Bingo!

    • Eberwizzle - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      As a Phillies fan you should know the season is over and who cares who’s at third base

    • deepstblu - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      His fielding percentage at 3B this year is .830. Yeah, bad metric and small sample size, but that is just not major league.

  4. kunztown - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Here’s an idea for next year. Rollins learns how to play third Base, and Galvis plays short…. Or trade for a third baseman…. Good luck finding one

    • jgarrett247 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Rollins doesn’t have the arm, they’ll need to go get someone. Headley for Pence straight up?

    • chadjones27 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      And if I’m not mistaken Galvis played SS in the minors. And don’t the Phils have to wait for his PED suspension and DL stint to be over.

      • bleedgreen - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        Pretty sure by next year both will be over. Seeing as his PED suspension is already halfway over…

      • chadjones27 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        My bad. Missed the “here’s an idea for next year” bit.
        And Jimmy doesn’t like to bat anywhere but 1st, so I’m sure Jimmy doesn’t like to field anywhere but SS.

  5. kevbarnett - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Free Agent third base market is weak. After David Wright there is a major drop off. With A-Rod going down with a broken hand, Polanco to the DL there are quite a few teams who need Headley and the Padres know this. Expect teams to overpay for his services drastically.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      I say he stays with the Padres.

  6. bleedgreen - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Too bad they couldn’t pick up Ryan Roberts before the Rays. Not that he’s a world beater, but he’s more than serviceable.

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