Placido Polanco left today's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays after hyperextending his left elbow while swinging at a pitch from Jesse Litsch in the first inning.
Polanco had the same elbow surgically-repaired this offseason, and while he said his current pain is in the same area, he does not think it has anything to do with his former injury (bone chips and tendinitis).
Here is what Polanco said today:
On the injury: "It's right where I had the surgery, but it's nothing bad. I've had it before. I've had it a million times. But the fact that I had surgery in that elbow, we're being very safe. We're going to play it safe and see how it feels tomorrow and then the next day, a day at a time.
On whether he aggravated the surgically-repaired elbow: "Probably not. You can develop some scar tissue there and we have to keep an eye on that, stretching it all the time and icing it. It's right in the same spot, but it didn't make it any worse. What I had there is gone there now. But remember every time you have sugery they open you and it's not the same. But hopefully with these couple days off and anti-inflammatories I should be back.
On when he should be back: "We haven't talked about that, but the good news is this is spring training. At the same time, you want to be in shape for Opening Day, but it's just a day-to-day thing. When I've had it before, I never stopped playing from it. But since I had surgery, that's why they took me out.
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