In a shocking development, the Phillies will be without their starting third baseman in Game 1. Placido Polanco is out of the starting lineup with what is being described as a back injury -- not an injury to his left arm/elbow, which has bothered him all season and will require off-season surgery.
In his place, Wilson Valdez -- the minor-league free agent whose legend appears to grow by the day -- will bat eighth and play third. Jimmy Rollins will lead off. Shane Victorino will bat second.
When asked about his elbow Tuesday, Polanco said he felt great after a fourth cortisone shot.
"Yes, less tired," he said. "A little stronger."