Polanco hopeful for Friday

Quick update before the Phillies (6-4-1) square off against the Tigers (7-6). Placido Polanco seemed thrilled with how well his sprained right knee felt today, less than 24 hours after he needed the support of two trainers to get off Mc Kenchnie Field in Bradenton.

In fact, Polanco said he is hopeful that he will be able to return to the line-up on Friday night, when the Phillies host the Orioles. The Phillies host the Yankees tomorrow, before enjoying their lone off day of the spring on Thursday.

"Probably after the off day, I want to be playing," Polanco said.

Polanco injured his knee during the Phillies' victory over the Pirates on Monday, planting awkwardly on the edge of the mound while chasing a third-inning pop-up that he had lost in the sun.

"I was pretty worried yesterday," Polanco said.

Today, though, he was walking with much less of a limp than yesterday. The swelling in his knee had subsided dramatically. He hit off the tee and rode the bike.

"That's one good thing, I'm not going to stop hitting," said Polanco, who is attempting to replace Pedro Feliz at third base, a position he has not played since 2005. "Tomorrow, I'll take another step forward, do a little bit more stuff, and hopefully be playing pretty soon. The day off will help."

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Cole Hamels is making his third start of the spring, and his first start at Bright House Field, as well as his first start against a team that is not the Blue Jays. Hamels is squaring off against fellow young star Justin Verlander, so it should be a pretty good pitching match-up.

Top prospect Domonic Brown is starting today in right field. There's a pretty good chance the Phillies send him back to minor league camp after the game tomorrow.

Here is your line-up for today's game:

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Shane Victorino CF
  3. Greg Dobbs 3B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Raul Ibanez LF
  6. Domonic Brown RF
  7. Juan Castro 2B
  8. Brian Schneider C
  9. Cole Hamels LHP
     

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