Polanco gets good news on injured finger

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Phillies' Placido Polanco on his injury said, "I jammed it and it's day to day." (Matt Slocum/AP)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Third baseman Placido Polanco said X-rays of his left ring finger taken after he left Saturday's game against Toronto were negative and categorized himself as day to day.

"It's a little stiff today and a little swelling," Polanco said Sunday morning. "I jammed it and it's day to day. I just have to see how I feel every day."

Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock described the injury as "a little sprain" and said Polanco would miss only a couple of days.

Polanco, besieged by a variety of injuries since rejoining the Phillies in 2010, was relieved that his finger was not fractured. He sustained the injury diving back into first base on a pickoff throw by the Toronto catcher in the bottom of the first inning Saturday and feared it could have been something bad.

"When I slid, I saw it and I popped it back in because it was sticking up," Polanco said. "It didn't look good."

Off to Dunedin

The Phillies make the shortest of all road trips Sunday, traveling to nearby Dunedin for another game against the Blue Jays. Cole Hamels gets the start and Jose Contreras is scheduled to make his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game after pitching twice in minor-league games. Chad Qualls, Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon also are scheduled to pitch for the Phillies.

Jim Thome will remain in Clearwater and play a second straight minor-league game at first base.

The lineup: Jimmy Rollins, SS, Shane Victorino, CF, Hunter Pence, RF, Ty Wigginton, 3B, John Mayberry Jr., 1B, Luis Montanez, LF, Hector Luna, DH, Erik Kratz, C, Michael Martinez, 2B.


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