CINCINNATI -- Welcome to Great American Ballpark, or for our purposes, Phillies injury update central.
We begin with third baseman Placido Polanco, who is taking ground balls with his left elbow heavily wrapped as we type. Polanco had his second cortisone shot in less than a month Sunday to help heal his ailing elbow. He hopes to play Tuesday.
Polanco believes an already-existing bone spur was aggravated when he was hit by pitch April 21. An MRI on May 30 showed no structrual damage to the elbow but did show a loose body that lingered from the past.
"I had it in the past," Polanco said, "but [being hit by the pitch] made it worse."
Since being hit, Polanco has aggravated the elbow twice, the most recent being Friday.
Polanco admitted the injury is one that could require offseason surgery.
"We'll take a closer look at it," he said.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel didn't wouldn't say the injury is something that could dog Polanco this season.
"I want to get him well," Manuel said.
In other injury news...
Lefthander J.A. Happ (strained left elbow) will make his fifth rehab start Tuesday for triple-A Lehigh Valley. ""He's making progress," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "But I can't tell you this will be his last rehab start." Happ has until July 7 when he must either be activated from his rehab or kept on the disabled list.
Righthander Chad Durbin (strained right hamstring) left the team to work out in Clearwater, Fla. He began long tossing.
Ryan Madson (broken right toe) will make his second rehab appearance Tuesday for single-A Clearwater. Proefrock said Madson felt good after his first outing.
Lefthander Antonio Bastardo (left elbow inflammation) began a throwing program Monday. Bastardo is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday but he will not be ready.