Tag:Placido Polanco
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:50 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2010 4:24 pm

Sabathia, Polanco have surgery

Two participants on the losing end of the championship series underwent the knife Friday.

CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, fixing a small meniscus tear. While Sabathia said that the surgery will have no effect on his offseason schedule, one will have to wait and see how his right knee handles the stress of repeated landings of a man weighing over 300 pounds.

Sabathia said the injury, which affected him during the season, only bothered him in the days after the start, never while starting. Manager Joe Girardi, however, wouldn't rule out that it affected his mechanics as he tells Anthony McCarron .

Meanwhile, Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco had left elbow surgery that will sideline him for several weeks.

"It went very well and we are fully expecting Placido to be 100% by spring training," GM Ruben Amaro said in a team statement.  "Dr. Ciccotti removed spurs from his left elbow and did a debridement and repair of the lateral extensor tendon.  Placido will have follow-up appointments with the doctor over the next several weeks and we hope to have him swinging the bat again within 10 weeks, around early January."

Polanco played through the injury despite being hobbled at the end of the season in his first season both back in Philadelphia and at third base.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 6:15 pm

Surgery for Phillies' Polanco

The Phillies announced that third baseman Placido Polanco will have surgery on Friday to remove bone fragments from his left elbow, which was expected. They also will repair his extensor tendon, which is news. He's expected to miss 8-10 weeks and should be back for spring training.

Polanco was hit by a pitch in his non-throwing elbow in April and missed a week, and was bothered by pain from the bone fragments throughout the season.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:34 am

Polanco may rest sore elbow

Placido Polanco Now that the Phillies have clinched the NL East, perhaps Placido Polanco can finally get some rest.

Polanco's batting average is under .300 thanks to a recent stretch of futility that has seen him hit .219/.285/.271 in 173 plate appearances from August 18 to September 26, although he rebounded with three hits at the plate Monday. Polly's overall season line is now .298/.340/.388. Couple that with excellent defense at the hot corner, and he is providing a return on his three-year, $18 million contract signed prior to the season.

Polanco has struggled with a sore elbow most of the season and will need surgery after the year. However, the 34-year-old has persevered en route to the Phillies' fourth straight division title. With the playoffs around the corner, manager Charlie Manuel told the Philly News that the ex-Tiger is due some rest.

"I think the elbow hurts him at times," Manuel said. "I think that some days it feels better than others. I think that he is one guy that once we get this out of the way I will give him a break. Of course, he'll be off Thursday, but I'd like to give him more time than that."

One impediment to Polanco sitting on the bench is Jimmy Rollins, who is expected to finally return to the starting lineup Tuesday after being a scratch on Monday thanks to rain.

"I figured the field is going to be wet, especially the grass -- outfield and infield," Manuel said of playing Rollins, who has been out since September 8 due to a hamstring strain. "And I figured, what do I gain by playing him?"

The Phils do have Greg Dobbs available to replace Polanco while Wilson Valdez steps in for Rollins, but Dobbs is having a brutal year. Valdez is also a slouch with the bat, but makes up for it with strong defense.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 6:50 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 7:38 pm

Wigginton, Tejada could be on the move

Several teams are calling the Orioles about Ty Wigginton, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec writes , including the Phillies and Rangers.

Zrbiec writes the Orioles and Phillies have been discussing a Wigginton trade for weeks, but that Philadelphia is also interested in Miguel Tejada. Either Wigginton or Tejada could play third if Placido Polanco is playing second for Chase Utley.

The Rangers have a scout at Camden Yards for Friday's game and could use Wigginton as a first-base platoon with Chris Davis.

The Yankees are also said to have interest in Wigginton.

Wigginton and Tejada are both free agents after the season, with Tejada being paid $6 million this year and Wigginton in the second year of a two-year, $6 million deal.

The fact both are rental players, means the Orioles won't get too much in return, with Zrebiec speculating Baltimore could "do well to get two mid-level prospects" for their lone All-Star.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 2:51 pm

Could the Phillies be sellers?

Jayson Werth The Phillies aren't exactly running away with the National League East as many expected, but could they run away from the division with the results of this week?

A FOX Sports report quotes Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. as saying, "I could be buying and selling."

The Phillies have two more games against the division-leading Braves before a four-game series with the National League Central-leading Reds. At that point, the team could be nearing a decision whether to go for it this season or roll over.

After the All-Star break the Phillies have three games at Wrigley against the Cubs, four at St. Louis, four at home with Colorado, three at home against Arizona and three at the Nationals to lead up to the July 31 trading deadline. That's not exactly murderers' row, but with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco out, it's not exactly the World Champs of a couple of years ago.

If buyers, the Phillies would need at least one player to help make up for the slack of losing Utley and Polanco, plus a big-name starter.

However, the FOX report notes teams know how desperate the Phillies are and are asking for a lot in return for a player such as Ty Wigginton or Miguel Tejada.

If the Phillies decide to sell, Jayson Werth and his beard could be out of Philly. Werth, 31, is a free agent after the season, would be the top bat on the trade market.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 7:42 pm

Could Jose Lopez end up with Phillies?

Jose Lopez With the Philadelphia Phillies losing second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Placido Polanco, it's only natural that the Fightins would be attached to any second or third baseman on the market.

Today's name du jour is Seattle's Jose Lopez.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes that the Mariners are hopeful to move Lopez, and the Phillies may be a good fit especially as Phillies executive Benny Looper previously worked for Seattle. Such ties can oftentimes lead to deals.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times also jumps in on the speculation amid reports that a Phillies scout was at the Mariners-Yankees game on Tuesday to watch Cliff Lee defeat New York in a complete game. However, as Baker points out, why exactly would Philadelphia need to scout Lee, who they dealt in the offseason?

More likely, he was there to see Lopez.

The 26-year-old is in the midst of his worst season since becoming a full-time starter. At .244/.271/.336, he's been one of the league's worst regulars as well, although he does seem to be climbing out of his funk with a mediocre .683 OPS in June.

Lopez' calling card is power as he has never been known to take a walk. His fielding is adequate, and that combined with power would represent a significant upgrade over retreads Juan Castro and Wilson Valdez for Philly. Lopez is also an impending free agent although there is a $4.5 million team option for 2011.

Second baseman Chase Utley is expected to be out at least six weeks, perhaps eight, after surgery to repair his right thumb as USA Today reports . Third baseman Placido Polanco will not require surgery on his sore elbow, but will still be out roughly a month as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com says . That's a lot of time for Philly to go without two of its better hitters and fielders. Lopez couldn't hope to replace either of them, but he could absolutely hold down the fort until both players return, and it would be tough to find someone else who could hold down the fort more adequately.

There is one such other person, however. Baltimore's Ty Wigginton is having one of his better seasons and as a utility player can play near every position on the diamond. The Phillies might even prefer Wigginton to Lopez because the club will have more chances to get Wigginton into the lineup thanks to him having played every position in the majors at least once save catcher and center field.

Whichever player -- if at all -- the Phillies chose to pursue, it's apparent they have to bring someone in the fold. Castro and Valdez simply won't cut it for a month.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 3:45 pm

Phillies' Utley, Polanco placed on DL

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Placido Polanco have been placed on the disabled list. The team called up Greg Dobbs and Brian Bocock from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take their places.

Utley suffered a thumb injury on a head-first slide into second base in Monday's loss to the Reds. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Polanco received a cortisone shot in his left elbow on Monday. He has inflammation in the elbow, and possibly more.

There's no word on how long either will be on the disabled list, but it's sure the Phillies won't be calling up equal replacements. Dobbs was 2-for-17 with one RBI since being outrighted to Lehigh Valley on June 23. Bocock was hitting .179 for the IronPigs.

Both players are leading their respective positions in All-Star voting released on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Dobbs will start at third for the Phillies Tuesday night against the Reds, batting second. Wilson Valdez is playing second and batting eighth.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:06 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 4:41 pm

Pujols leads voting, but should he?

Albert Pujols In what should be the most difficult decision among National League All-Star voters, the pick has more or less already been made.

Although online voting ends on Thursday, Albert Pujols' lead in first base voting makes it more or less impossible for him to be passed in the voting. Pujols leads Ryan Howard at first base by nearly 2 million votes in the latest numbers released by Major League Baseball . The teams will be announced on Sunday.

Chase Utley seemingly has second base wrapped up and the outfield of Ryan Braun, Jason Heyward and Andre Ethier also seems pretty much safe, as does shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

Third base is a little more interesting, as Placido Polanco leads David Wright by fewer than 23,000 votes in the tightest race and another example of Phillie ballot-box stuffing.

Yadier Molina leads Brian McCann in catcher voting by fewer than 200,000 votes.

As for Pujols, he's the easy choice at first base -- a choice most have made. He's probably the best player in the game, but he's not having the best year in the game -- or even among first basemen.

OK, this is splitting hairs, and it's by no means a mockery if he's the All-Star starter, but you can make a compelling case for two first basemen over Pujols: Joey Votto and Adrian Gonzalez. The three have pretty similar numbers, so any of the three is a solid choice, but the point is the gap shouldn't be so wide. It should be a tough decision. According to the voters, it's just not.

Here's a look at the first basemen in six categories: BA/OBP/SLG, HR, RBI and WAR (wins above replacement, an advance stat that takes defensive into consideration.

The King
Albert Pujols .305/.420/.542 16 52 2.6

The contenders
Adrian Gonzalez .306/.399/.544 16 50 3.3
Joey Votto .312/.415/.559 16 51 3.3

The usual suspects
Ryan Howard .296/.352/.517 15 50 1.4
Prince Fielder .256/.385/.463 15 44 1.8

Not that far behind
Troy Glaus .268/.373/.472 14 56 1.2
Adam Dunn .276/.366/.559 17 43 2.1
Aubrey Huff .296/.385/.512 12 42 2.3
James Loney .294/.346/.429 5 40 1.0
Ike Davis .264/.340/.442 9 37 0.9
Gaby Sanchez .302/.373/.474 8 39 1.9
Adam LaRoche .254/.342/.469 12 41 0.8
Garrett Jones .281/.352/.446 10 33 1.3

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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