Update 5:25 p.m. It appears the Phillies have decided on a solution for third base, a combination of hitting and glovework. According to Jim Salisbury on Twitter, infieder Kevin Frandsen has been spotted at Citizens Bank Park and could join the Phillies on their road trip tomorrow. Frandsen is hitting .302 with an International League-leading 34 doubles.
5:15 p.m. Placido Polanco and his troubled lower back were placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. The Phils will announce his replacement Friday.
The fragile 36-year-old is having the worst season of his career, hitting .255/.300/.328, including a brutal .133/.184/.156 in July (maybe someone can explain why his name continues to be linked in trade speculation). The Phils have relied on Ty Wigginton over the last few days, but his poor defense nearly cost his club the sweep in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee. It's likely that Wigginton and Mike Fontenot would share time in Polanco's sted. Fontenot could also be asked to start at second as the Phils continue to ease Chase Utley back into the grind.
For the bench, the Phils could go a couple, familiar directions, recalling utilityman Michael Martinez if they choose to be more defensive minded, or bring back Hector Luna, who can provide better pop off the bench.