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Phils open playoffs without Polanco

Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 4:11 pm
 
PHILADELPHIA -- Placido Polanco is out of the Phillies lineup for today's playoff opener with the Reds.

Manager Charlie Manuel said Polanco has a back problem, and that Wilson Valdez will start at third base instead. Manuel described the problem as stiffness in the middle back, and said Polanco came to him and told him he wasn't able to play.

General manager Ruben Amaro said the Phillies are hopeful that Polanco will be ready to play in time for Game 2 on Friday night.

"He may be ready by the end of the day today," Amaro said. "He's in [the clubhouse] getting treatment."

The Phillies have dealt with injuries all year. All four of their infielders spent time on the disabled list, and Valdez played 59 games at shortstop in place of Jimmy Rollins. Valdez also played seven games at third base this year, but he has played only 17 games at third in his major-league career (and only four games in his 11-year minor-league career).

The Phillies signed Polanco as a free agent last winter, and he had a very good season. In addition to being one of the best second-spot hitters in baseball, he played better than anticipated defensively at third base.

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Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Phils open playoffs without Polanco

Polanco was one of the strongest #2 lineup hitters around. While this is a significant hit for the Phillies, they have the benefit of Halladay pitching tonight. Also, the Phils swept the Reds in the 4-game series at Philly (albeit in close games) without both Polanco AND Utley. The fact that they are only without one of those two players makes them a stronger team than they were back in July. In addition, the conifdence and playing level of the Phillies three starting pitchers coming off of an amazing September is going to be hard for the Reds to break. I'm not saying that the Reds have no shot at beating Philly tonight, but I am saying that the lose of Polanco does not mean the Phillies don't have the better lineup.

If Polanco were out for the postseason, this would hurt the Phillies a lot more. Having him out for one to two games is definitely managable



Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Phils open playoffs without Polanco

I love it when people say "suck it up" and have no idea what they are talking about.

There is a difference between playing with pain and playing thru an injury.

Sure Polanco could play thru the pain, but would go 0 for 4 and be a defensive liability. Is THAT what you want him to "suck it up" and accomplish???

Fools.


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