Polanco Hyperextends Left Elbow
Placido Polanco left today’s Grapefruit League game against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a hyperextended left elbow. He had surgery on the same elbow Oct. 29 to remove bone fragments and repair the extensor tendon.
“It’s right where I had the surgery, but it’s nothing bad,” he said. “I’ve had it before. I’ve had it a million times. But the fact that I had surgery in that elbow, we’re being safe. We’re playing it very safe. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and the next day, take it a day at a time.”
Polanco is uncertain when he could return to Grapefruit League games.
“It’s just a day to day thing I think,” he said. “When I’ve had it before, I never stopped playing. But since I had surgery, they took me out.”
The Phillies already are without second baseman Chase Utley, who is sidelined indefinitely with right knee pain. They cannot afford to lose Polanco, too.
“I’m not worried about mine, because I know how I feel,” Polanco said. “Talking to the trainers and the doctor, it seems like I’m going to be back soon. Chase is the one that worries me, but he seems to be getting better slowly but surely.”