Next Few Days Critical for Polanco

Placido Polanco said he will know no later than Tuesday if he needs surgery, although he likely will know earlier than that.

He received a cortisone injection this Tuesday to treat a sports hernia, which he said has bothered him for about a month. He said today he felt a little better.

He said surgery could keep him off the field anywhere from three to six weeks. Three or four weeks would not be a problem because he would have enough time to get back on the field and play. But six weeks would put his return at the end of the regular season, which would make him ill prepared for the postseason.

“I’m going to need the surgery, so why not get it over with?” he wondered. “But what’s preventing it? We’re playing for something. You can’t take it for granted. You don’t know when you’ll be in the playoffs again. We have a pretty good chance. I don’t want to miss it. This is when it gets fun. … I don’t know how much better I’m going to get in two days. That’s why I got the shot. To try to play through it. They said they think they can manage it. I trust them.”

Polanco said on a 1-10 scale his pain in San Francisco, when he last played, was a nine. He said it was a six Friday.

“I feel it just standing here,” he said.


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He should just have the surgery now and take the chance that he can get back on the field by mid-September.

Is Polanco of any value to the Phillies if he doesn’t have the surgery? It seems as if Ibanez had a rough time with it last year and he didn’t even play a position where he necessarily had to be crouched over the entire game or make as many throws. Heroics are nice but do not appear to be necessary in this case. He ought to just be told that there are no guarantees and he should just do what is necessary to facilitate a full recovery and the chips wii fall where they will fall. The last thing the Phillies need is unnecessary drama.

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