Polanco not in line-up for tonight's game vs. D-Backs

Placido Polanco was on the field prior to Tuesday's game taking ground balls. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Placido Polanco said on Friday that if he was unable to play by today, he would likely opt for surgery on his sports hernia.

All we know at the moment is that Polanco is not in the line-up. Instead, Michael Martinez is starting at third base. The Phillies clubhouse opens in 10 minutes, so we will hopefully have more information at that point.

The Phillies had said previously that surgery would not necessarily end Polanco's season. According to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., doctors have pegged a recovery time at three-to-four weeks, which could see the third baseman return by the end of September.

But Polanco is on the field taking ground balls from first base coach Sam Perlozzo. Head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan is looking on, which would seem to indicate that nothing has been decided yet with regards to the surgery.

We will also have some updated information on the MRI that Cole Hamels reportedly underwent after an outing in which his velocity was noticably down and he mentioned some stiffness in his shoulder.

Here is tonight's line-up against righty Josh Collmenter:

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Shane Victorino CF
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Hunter Pence RF
  6. Raul Ibanez LF
  7. Carlos Ruiz C
  8. Michael Martinez 3B
  9. Roy Halladay RHP

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