Elbow sidelines Polanco again

Placido Polanco has missed two games in a row due to an ailing elbow. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)

For the second straight day, No. 2 hitter and third baseman Placido Polanco has been given the day off to rest his chronically ailing left elbow, which he aggravated on a dive Friday night.

Polanco this morning told the Daily News that he felt better today than he did Saturday, which means he probably will avoid a stint on the disabled list.

On Saturday, Shane Victorino, who usually hits seventh, replaced Polanco in the No. 2 slot, where Victorino hit for most of the past 2 1/2 seasons. Lefty hitter Ross Gload hit seventh and replacement third baseman Juan Castro batted ninth.

Today, with lefty Jarrett Hoffpauir starting, Gload was back on the bench (cleanup hitter Ryan Howard returned to first base after two games as the designated hitter). Utley moved from third in the order to second, Jayson Werth, from fifth to third, Victorino to fifth. Replacement third baseman Wilson Valdez batted eighth.