Improving Polanco takes batting practice

Placido Polanco took batting practice today during the Phillies' workout at Citizens Bank Park.

Manager Charlie Manuel said he spoke with Polanco earlier in the day and Polanco told him that his sore back was feeling better. Polanco missed Game 1 after injuring his back Monday and not being able to to bend down or twist yesterday.

Manuel said he is hopeful that Polanco will be in the lineup Friday night for Game 2 of the NL Division Series against Cincinnati.

More to come ...