Polanco headed for DL; Hamels to be skipped

An MRI of Cole Hamels' left shoulder showed inflammation in the posterior of his rotator cuff. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The injury news is both good and bad for the Phillies.

An MRI on Cole Hamels' left shoulder revealed minor inflammation and no structural damage. But he will be skipped at least once through the rotation.

Placido Polanco is feeling stronger, but he is likely headed for the disabled list with a sports hernia. Still, the third baseman plans on playing through the injury and delaying surgery until the winter.

Polanco took grounders and ran before Tuesday's game but said he needs at least five more days before he's ready to play in a game. The Phillies can place Polanco on the disabled list retroactive 10 days, meaning he could miss only five more.

Surgery to repair the sports hernia could sideline him for the remainder of the season and postseason, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Polanco is intent on avoiding it based upon the doctors' recommendations.

"It's what they think," Polanco said. "They said I can manage it. I trust them. I'm going to go with that. Surgery is not an option now."

If Polanco does not have the surgery during the season, he will require it in the winter.

As for Hamels, the MRI showed inflammation in the posterior of his rotator cuff. That image was compared to one taken when Hamels signed his extension after the 2008 season and there were no differences structurally.

But the Phillies will be cautious with Hamels because they are afforded that luxury in August with such a large lead. With the recent spate of off days, the Phillies can skip Hamels' turn scheduled for Friday in Washington without disrupting the rest of the rotation. Roy Oswalt will pitch on regular rest Friday and Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday.

"Missing one start is not the end of the world," Hamels said.

Hamels said he plans to throw a bullpen Thursday.

"We’ve got five pitchers who I all think have inflammation in their shoulders right now," Hamels said. "It’s just a time of how you’re able to get through it. Because it was uncomfortable in the last start, maybe there was more inflammation. It’s just a matter of doing what could be considered a rehab and strengthening up everything and trying to flush out the inflammation as fast as possible."

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