Saturday, December 20, 2014

Polanco's wrist, finger keep him out of lineup

Placido Polanco still can't swing a bat because of the left hand that was trapped between the third base bag and Matt Treanor's foot two nights ago, so he is not in the lineup for a second consecutive day. Polanco said his wrist is as much of a problem as his finger, which did not require stitches (although did require a touch of glue) to close. The veteran third baseman was in good spirits, though, saying he thinks it will be a matter of days before he is back in the lineup and he seemed confident that he will not end up on the disabled list.

Polanco's wrist, finger keep him out of lineup

Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco is out of the lineup against the Dodgers. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco is out of the lineup against the Dodgers. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Placido Polanco still can't swing a bat because of the left hand that was trapped between the third base bag and Matt Treanor's foot two nights ago, so he is not in the lineup for a second consecutive day. Polanco said his wrist is as much of a problem as his finger, which did not require stitches (although did require a touch of glue) to close. The veteran third baseman was in good spirits, though, saying he thinks it will be a matter of days before he is back in the lineup and he seemed confident that he will not end up on the disabled list.

Freddy Galvis is off site seeing a team doctor, which suggests that he is getting an MRI or some other test on his strained lower back, which forced him to the disabled list last night. 

Michael Martinez was recalled instead of Pete Orr because Galvis was also the Phillies back-up short stop and the Phillies have more confidence in Martinez at short. 

Today's lineup against Aaron Harang is a doozy with Carlos Ruiz also getting the day off.

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  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Juan Pierre LF
  3. Hunter Pence RF
  4. Ty Wigginton 3B
  5. Shane Victorino CF
  6. Mike Fontenot 2B
  7. John Mayberry Jr. 1B
  8. Brian Schneider C
  9. Cole Hamels LHP
The Galvis injury doesn't have much of an effect on the offense. Fontenot has been making better contact than Galvis over the past couple of weeks. But keep an eye on the defense. When the Phillies were at their peak, they had above average to plus defenders at second base (Chase Utley), short stop (Jimmy Rollins), third base (Pedro Feliz/Placido Polanco), catcher (Carlos Ruiz), center field (Shane Victorino) and right field (Jayson Werth). Today, they will start average-to-libelous defenders at left field, third base, second base, first base and right field. Something to keep your eye on. 

 



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