Polanco to have surgery Friday

I'm here in San Francisco preparing for Game 1 of the World Series, but Phillies news never ends, right? An update on Placido Polanco...

It was the middle of August, between his third and fourth cortisone injections, when Placido Polanco first acknowledged he'd probably need surgery on his left elbow following the season. 

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Polanco was hit by a Tim Hudson pitch on the elbow April 21 in a game at Atlanta. That merely aggravated what was a chronic injury to Polanco's elbow, full of tendinosis and bone fragments.

But he played through it, with his manager and the athletic training staff cringing every time Polanco was plunked on the elbow or he had to make a diving play to his left while at third base.

On Friday morning, Polanco will finally have surgery with hopes of correcting not only the injuries he suffered in 2010 but the chronic problems that begat the pain.

Polanco will have bone fragments removed and a part of his extensor tendon in his left arm will be shaved off to remove some tendinosis, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday.

The normal recovery time for the surgery is eight to 10 weeks and the Phillies are confident Polanco will be ready for spring training in February.

"Absolutely," Amaro said.

When Polanco initially suffered the injury in April, he missed just one game but later admitted he returned too quickly and was weak immediately following the injury.

Then, in late May, when the pain persisted, Polanco had an MRI that revealed a bone spur that could have been in the elbow for quite some time.

After another examination following the season, the Phillies decided that if they were to remove the bone fragments in the elbow, they might as well also try to fix the tendon.

"We had a little bit of an idea," the tendon was a problem too, Amaro said. "It's a chronic pain and we felt like it's time to clean it up."

The tendon is not torn or ruptured, Amaro said. Polanco developed tendinosis, or chronic tendinitis, in the elbow. The surgical procedure will attempt to shave out the part of the tendon with the ailment.