Polanco leaves game with elbow injury

Placido Polanco left today's game with a hyperextended elbow. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

UPDATED, 3:16 p.m.

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Another day, another Phillies injury.

Third baseman Placido Polanco left in the bottom of the second Tuesday's game against Toronto with what the team is calling a hyperextended left elbow. Polanco said he does not expect to be out for an extended period of time.

Polanco, of course, had left elbow problems all of 2010 that required offseason surgery to remove a bone spur and fix tendon damage. He said the hyperextension occurred in the exact same spot as where the surgery was performed.


With Chase Utley, Brad Lidge and Placido Polanco ailing, should we be concerned about the Phillies?

"But it's nothing bad," Polanco said back in Clearwater. "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'll play it safe and see how it feels tomorrow and the next day."

Is it possible the hyperextension was caused by tenderness in the elbow from surgery?

"Probably not," Polanco said. "But you can develop some scar tissue there and we have to keep an eye on that -- stretch it all the time and ice it. But it's right on the same spot. It didn't make it any worse. I mean, what I had there is gone. But remember, every time they open you and you have surgery, it's the not the same. Hopefully with a couple days off and anti-inflammatories I should be back."

He appeared to injure the elbow during a first-inning swing. Polanco stepped out of the batter's box for an extended period and took some practice swings. He then popped out to the pitcher, Jesse Litsch.

Polanco played defense the next half inning and made a diving play to his right at third.

"The good news is this is spring training," Polanco said. "At the same tinme, 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 I had surgery so they took me out."

With fewer than two weeks until opening day, the oldest team in the majors is quickly discovering how painful life may be in 2011. Chase Utley remains sidelined with knee problems and Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday there is "no news" on any progress.

Closer Brad Lidge has biceps tendinitis but he played catch Tuesday and will do the same Wednesday. If that goes well, he could be back into a game by Thursday, Amaro said.

But it's not even April and all we're talking about is injuries.

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