Polanco improving with rest

Placido Polanco's elbow injury is beginning to progress with rest. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)

A doctor told Placido Polanco he should start feeling better Tuesday. The Phillies third baseman, out since June 25 with left triceps tendinitis, is starting to believe.

“I don't know if you've ever been hurt,” he said Wednesday, “but there’s one day when you feel like you turn the corner. You feel like, ‘Wow.’ Yesterday was that day.”

It’s an encouraging sign for the Phillies, who are down both Polanco and Chase Utley in the infield. Polanco is expected to resume baseball activities Saturday after two full weeks of rest. He could play in some rehab games during the All-Star break.

And if all goes well, Polanco said, returning for the series in St. Louis that begins July 19 is a realistic possibility.

“I feel pretty good,” Polanco said.

After taking two cortisone shots in the left elbow in less than a month, the Phillies and Polanco decided he needed to stop playing through it.

Rest is also a way to avoid possible surgery, Polanco said. He hasn’t done any upper body work yet to comply with the two weeks of rest. His rehab has mostly consisted of running and constant icing and compression on the elbow.

“I don't want to rush it,” Polanco said. “Before, I wasn't 100 percent. I just kept playing, playing and playing.”

Read more in Thursday's Inquirer.