Healthy Polanco feels big difference from last season

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In 2010, Polanco batted over .300 for a majority of the season. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Placido Polanco reported to camp today and gave his surgically-repaired elbow and enthusiastic thumbs up. In November, doctors removed scar tissue and bone spurs from the elbow, which had caused him considerable pain since late-April.

Polanco has hit six or seven times since the surgery, and says he is able to extend his arm on his swing much better than last season.

"You have to extend to hit, especially pitches away," Polanco said. "You have to finish your swing. It makes a big difference."

Despite the injury, Polanco was one of the Phillies' most consistent hitters last season. He hit .298 with a .339 on base percentage in 602 plate appearances.

"It's much better," he said of the elbow. "Stronger, and no pain."

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