Injured third baseman Placido Polanco is expected back this afternoon when Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.78) and the Phillies hope for a reversal of fortunes against Randy Wells (4-7, 4.61) and the Cubs. First pitch is 1:10 p.m.
Notes: No announcement has been made regarding Polanco as of 9:55 a.m., but reports are that his GCL rehab assignment went smoothly and his left elbow is feeling strong. The Phils could certainly use the help atop the lineup where Jimmy Rollins is hitting just .190 since returning from the disabled list. J-Roll went -for-4 and the Phils collectively managed just five base runners yesterday in a flat 4-3 loss. ... Turning to the hot stove, the Phillies have scouted the A's last four series, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Starter Ben Sheets and second baseman Mark Ellis are seen as possible targets. Meanwhile, the Phils continue to discuss Ty Wigginton with the Orioles, according to the Baltimore Sun. According to the report, the two sides have engaged in discussions for several weeks and the Phils have also expressed interest in Miguel Tejada. Wigginton is reportedly sought by multiple suitors, including the Rangers and Yankees.[Jump to the newest comments]