Polanco out of today's line-up against Max Scherzer

Placido Polanco will sit out Monday's game with a hand injury. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

As expected, Placido Polanco is not in the line-up for today's game against the Tigers and righthander Max Scherzer. The veteran third baseman sprained his finger on Saturday and is expected to miss a few days. 

Otherwise, the line-up looks a lot like one you might see once the regular season begins, with Laynce Nix in left field and John Mayberry Jr. at first base.

1. Jimmy Rollins SS

2. Shane Victorino CF

3. Hunter Pence RF

4. Jim Thome DH

5. Ty Wigginton 3B

6. Laynce Nix LF

7. John Mayberry Jr. 1B

8. Carlos Ruiz C

9. Freddy Galvis 2B

10. SP - Scott Elarton


A few things to note:

-Nix will be making his first Grapefruit League start in the field in a week (rib injury), although he did play five innings in a minor league game yesterday.

-Wigginton's defense at third base will be something to watch as the Phillies try to make some sense of there infield situation, which was partly cloudy heading into spring training and is now overcast. We wrote about the defensive questions in today's paper. Wigginton has always been known more for his bat than his glove. It's unclear how much faith Charlie Manuel will have in him at the hot corner. In yesterday's game, a single got past him and ended up leading to a pair of Blue Jays runs. It looked like a play that Placido Polanco could have made.



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