Polanco bats 1.000 in minor-league finger test

Placido Polanco went 3-for-3 in a minor league game on Saturday morning. (David M Warren/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Placido Polanco tested the injured left ring finger that had kept him out of the lineup the entire week by playing in a triple-A game Saturday morning at the Carpenter Complex.

The appearance confirmed that Polanco can get out of bed and hit, and it also left him feeling good about his recovery as the Phillies' third baseman went 3-for-3, hitting one line drive to right field and two others to left field.

He said his first game at-bats since suffering the injury March 17 diving back into first base against Toronto went better than he anticipated.

"Without a doubt," he said. "I guess when your adrenaline is going, you feel it less. Believe it or not, I felt it more in BP than I did in the game."

Polanco batted in each of the first three innings, but he did not play in the field. He is scheduled to play third base Sunday in a split-squad game against the Baltimore Orioles at Bright House Field.

"Yeah, without a doubt, I'll be ready," he said. "I don't know what they have in mind, but I'm pretty sure I'll be playing, if not tomorrow than the next day. We do still have to know that I have this thing there and we have to respect it a little bit."

The third baseman said the injured finger should not be a major problem fielding the baseball. He has already been fielding ground balls during batting practice.

"We put kind of a pad in my glove and that absorbs a lot of the ball," Polanco said. "I'm very optimistic when it comes to that."

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