Polanco Has Successful Surgery

The Phillies announced today third baseman Placido Polanco had successful surgery on his left elbow.

Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti removed spurs from the elbow and performed a debridement and repair of the lateral extensor tendon. Polanco will have follow-up appointments with Ciccotti over the next several weeks.

“It went very well and we are fully expecting Placido to be 100 percent by Spring Training,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “We hope to have him swinging the bat again within 10 weeks, around early January.”

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I love a successful surgery. When is the last time an athlete had surgery and the doctor said, “Oh, it didn’t go well at all. His career is over.” They’re always successful. Placido will be at spring training and we’ll see how many cortisone injections it takes to get him through the season. How many more of those seasons does his contract last? Maybe that’s why the surgery was so successful?

I believe that one of the reasons for the ‘successful’ surgery was to avoid the need for further cortisone shots.

hey a$$man, anything positive to say about anyone or anything? How about a smile or a good word once in a while

phan: But the only way to know if it was truly successful is if he doesn’t get any more cortisone shots, and we don’t know that yet, do we?

f$$i.j.: I’m just trying to inject some reality. Sorry if you don’t get it.

Muleman, I wasn’t calling you an ***, I was making a bit f fun at the name, sorry if I offended. As for your comment that we have to see how he comes backfrom surgery, obviously this is true. But, given that it can’t be worse then it was and given how well he played, both in the field and as the number 2 guy, having him for 2 more years is great for the team. Now they just have to hit and run with him a bit more!!

Looks like you guys are eating your young over here. Go figure.

billreef, maybe you should return to your kiddie pool of a blog, where the big debate appears to be who will be the Braves hitting coach.
What a clownshow. MLBlogs as a group laughs at you.

Hmm … yeah. The Braves’ biggest free agent is their hitting coach. and he’s going to Baltimore. There’s a step up.
Why is billreef so interested in what goes on over here? I stopped being interested in the Braves blog a week before the regular season was over.

Cody Ross (NLCS MVP) was batting 8th when the NLCS started and was batting cleanup last night. Edgar Renteria (WS MVP) wasn?t even playing when the NLCS started.

Cliff Lee says after the game, ?I?m not walking anybody.? How?d that work out for ya, big guy?

As good as their pitching is, I have a hard time seeing the Giants back on that stage next season unless they decide that they can spend some money on their everyday lineup (Jayson Werth? Carl Crawford?). If there ever was a rag-tag group that won the WS, they were it. The only guy in their everyday lineup that I would want going forward is Buster Posey. It shows what doing the little things can do if you get the opportunity. The pitching will get you there, then you have to do the little things. The Phillies don?t strike me as a ?little things? type of team, so Charlie may have to change the culture a little. It doesn’t help that they’ve jettisoned their running guru, Davey Lopes.

phan: I wonder if Jimmy Rollins (or anybody else in their “Sports Center Highlight” lineup) was watching when Aubrey Huff bunted (for the first time in his career) to help the Giants win? Those are the kinds of little things that they don’t always do. Sadly, I would guess that (like a lot of Phillies fans) they were off someplace ignoring the Series, when they should have been paying rapt attention.
And I’m not sure you can call a group “ragtag” when they can lay claim to beating both Halladay and Lee (twice) in three weeks.

Lee’s pride did indeed cometh before a fall. Or, more accurately, during fall.

I remember that as “pride goeth before the fall” with emphasis on “the”, as in final. Unfortunately, muleman probably has it right with “a fall”, the implication of which is there is more than one and they will continue. Retention of Junior bears this out. After inheriting a WS championship team, Junior next made the Phillies into a mere pennant winner, followed by a mere division winner. Now he is going to cut loose the author of the stealing aspects of the Phillies game? He can’t pay Lopes in 2011 but he is going to pay Blanton $10.5 million and Baez $2.75 million in 2011? Worse yet, he is going to give Charlie a contract extension? Where have you gone Ed Wade?

pherris, do you realize you are complaining about a regime that has won two straight division titles, played in a WS and an NLCS, and that you are waxing nostalgic for a regime that never won anything in 8 years?

Hate on…..

He has an agenda, phan.

pherris: It’s an abridgement of a verse in Proverbs. Brush up on your Bible.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

— Proverbs 16: 18-19

phann52: Why exactly am I suppose to be happy the Phillies have slipped for the past two years and took on a burdensome budget in order to do so and gutted a farm system? The two years before Junior the Phillies also won two division titles, a pennant, and a WS. Other than being a Junior lackey, what is your point? Oh, yeah, he assembled the pitching rotation for the ages. I wonder how much more the Phillies would have slipped without the Genius and his protege Charlie.

muleman: I’ll take your word on whatever Proverbs says. I am not into fiction.

Poly hit in the .290s and played Gold Glove defense for more than half the season and all the post-season. I can’t wait to see this guy tear it up in the NL next year. Even better?! Is that possible? :o)

Did anyone else out there think that some of Aubrey Huff’s comments about his teammates’ performances had some negative vibes in them? He said Juan looked horrible in the NLDS and then came up with a clutch hit. He said Burrell looked awful on a strikeout then got a big hit. He was quoted as saying he would show everyone how to DH in the AL after Burrell went 0-4 with 4 Ks. He said in the interview. That he got out in his first AB, but “more than made up for it” in his second (the 3-run HR). Am I the only one who thinks this guy is too proud for any team?

erichh: I’m not sure what the deal was with Huff, but in 3 season with the Orioles he hit .282, yet they seemed happy to get rid of him. Burrell looked awful on a lot of his 11 strikeouts.

I’m not sold on Amaro either, but I’m not going to bash him, either. Gillick was the best GM the Phils have had since Pope, and we’ll see what Amaro has up his sleeve this off-season. I think Pat had a lot to do with the early days of Junior.
I’m thinking there is something big coming, since I can’t imagine going into 2011 with exactly the same team.

pherris: I’m not into fiction either, I’m just telling you where the expression came from.

Hello Phillies fans. A Braves fan here. yeah, yeah, general insults to you all too…anyway. I just wanted to say something. Whichever one of yall’s kids is ncbravefan82, take his computer away from him already will ya? I know he’s one of y’alls, so if you guys would go ahead, split a cup of coffee or something with him, whatever, just go ahead and chain him up over here already will ya? Thanks.

BTW–quick question, how old is Charlie Manuel? I swear he looks older than Bobby Cox and yet he’s still managing. No, I don’t want him for our team.

Hello Phillies fans. A Braves fan here. yeah, yeah, general insults to you all too…anyway. I just wanted to say something. Whichever one of yall’s kids is ncbravefan82, take his computer away from him already will ya? I know he’s one of y’alls, so if you guys would go ahead, split a cup of coffee or something with him, whatever, just go ahead and chain him up over here already will ya? Thanks.

BTW–quick question, how old is Charlie Manuel? I swear he looks older than Bobby Cox and yet he’s still managing. No, I don’t want him for our team.

Hmm … that’s a lot of “y’all’s” and “ya’s,” isn’t it? Sounds phony. Anyway, Charlie will turn 67 in January.
Bobby probably stayed young from all the exercise he got from taking swings at his wife over the years.
Later, y’all!

Bobby Cox will have a lot of free time. Mrs. Cox is very nervous about that.

muleman, I was saying that Huff comes across as arrogant and he doesn’t just say, “He’s been coming through for us in the clutch all season.” He seems to remind us of his teammates failures with the highlights. He’ll say stuff like, “Uribe looks awful the whole series and comes up with a game-winning hit.” I’ve never heard any other player talk like that. Maybe he was trying to remind everyone of the fact that they were all “misfits”, but it was harsh to hear him say it that way. If you and other phans didn’t notice it, maybe I was just over reacting.

I posted that I thought that Charlie looked 100 years old in his interview after the last game. Personally, I thought the whole team looked worn out. They will need to get a hold of Doc’s conditioning handbook and use it to get their bodies in shape for the WHOLE next post season. The Phils have been so bad at giving Cole any run support, I think Cole should grow a beard and moustache and change his uniform number. Maybe his teammates will think he’s someone else and start scring runs for him ;o)

Mule: Glad to see you are a King Jimmy guy. A few verses later in v.24 it says, “pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” I like that one.

pherris: sorry to hear you think the Bible is fiction. For those phans who don’t, check out “Steal Away” and “Intentional Walk” by Hugh Poland. Good reads that speak to the soul of those who love the great game of baseball.

errich: I picked up on the Huff comments too. Probably didn’t mean it the way it came across but odd way giving someone a compliment.

Was shocked to hear Davey Lopes wouldn’t be back. Serious loss IMO. I loved watching him work with our baserunners, although too many of our runners had injuries this year. I was glad to see he battled back from his earlier cancer diagnosis and hope he stays healthy.

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