Polanco Strains Right Knee, Leaves Game
“It’s nothing bad,” he said. “No DL situation or anything. It’s probably day to day.”
Polanco limped off the mound before he dropped to the turf. Two team athletic trainers helped Polanco off the field and into the visitor’s clubhouse down the left-field line at McKechnie Field.
“When it first happens you really get scared,” he said. “You don’t know what’s happening. It doesn’t feel right. But now that the doctor took a look at it, it’s nothing big at all. … It’s getting better now already after the icing and all that.”
A Pirates doctor checked Polanco’s knee ligaments.
“It’s just the back of the knee,” Polanco said. “It’s probably hyperextended a little bit. Irritated.”
He added that he does not think a MRI is necessary.
Polanco tried to catch Delwyn Young‘s pop up in the third, but he lost the ball in the sun and stumbled on the back of the mound.
“Tomorrow is a big day to see how it feels, how sore it is,” Polanco said. “Probably two or three days because we’ve got a day off coming (Thursday).”
Jamie Moyer allowed eight hits and five runs in three innings in a B game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.
The Blue Jays had seven regulars in the lineup.
It still is possible Moyer could open the season in the rotation, and Kyle Kendrick could open in the bullpen. If Moyer pitches well, great. If not, Kendrick could replace Moyer like J.A. Happ replaced Chan Ho Park in the rotation last season. Moyer will make $8 million this season. It is possible the Phillies could release Moyer – although he pitched well in the bullpen late last year – but it would leave them with little starting pitching depth in the organization.
Asked about the possibility of starting or relieving, Moyer said, “That’s their choice.”
So he’s just along for the ride, doing what he can?
“Exactly,” he said. “Contribute. It’s all about contributing.”