Third baseman Placido Polanco received a second cortisone shot in his left elbow and told reporters that he's able to play tomorrow at the earliest.
Polanco was off to a sizzling start before he was hit by a Tim Hudson pitch April 21 at Turner Field. He played through the pain until he finally submitted to a cortisone shot in late May. He missed six games from May 28 to June 3 and will miss three games, including tonight, after he reinjured the elbow on a dive in Friday's game.Beerleaguer: Polanco is still producing in all the ways the Phillies had hoped, including a .318 average and a 4.0 UZR, which is the third highest among National League third baseman. So you'd hardly know that his slugging percentage has dropped .153 points, from .586 before he was hit, to .433. His last homer came way back on May 8. One wonders if a 15 days off would help prevent these flare-ups. I like Polanco, but I like him better when he's a threat to pop one. The thought seems to be that Polly will need surgery after the season, and until then, he'll need to live with it.