The official diagnosis is the all-too-familiar sports hernia, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Placido Polanco's injury is not as severe as the one that Raul Ibanez battled through during the second half of the 2009 season.
Polanco had an MRI today in Philadelphia and tomorrow will receive a shot, the effects of which should be known by Friday. Amaro said Polanco, who left Saturday's game early, was already feeling better today. But the condition is a chronic one, and the Phillies say it is not related to Friday night's scrum in San Francisco.
Polanco will be re-evaluated on Friday. There is still a possibility that he does not go on the disabled list. But there is also a possibility that Polanco needs surgery, which Amaro said would not necessarily end his season. Amaro said that team doctors have said Polanco could recover within three to four weeks.
In the meantime, the Phillies say they have no plans to add a veteran third baseman via the waiver process, as they did last August with first baseman Mike Sweeney after Ryan Howard went on the disabled list.
Michael Martinez is starting at third tonight. Wilson Valdez is also expected to get some action there.
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