Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco had surgery on his left elbow today performed by team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti.
"It went very well and we are fully expecting Placido to be 100 percent by spring training," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "Dr. Ciccotti removed spurs from his left elbow and did a debridement and repair of the lateral extensor tendon. Placido will have followup appointments with the doctor over the next several weeks and we hope to have him swinging the bat again within 10 weeks, around early January."
Polanco had four cortisone shots this season, the last on the final weekend of the regular season. Still, he was one of the Phillies’ most consistent hitters, finishing the regular season with a .298 batting average, 52 RBI and 76 runs despite being limited to 132 games by the elbow condition. During the postseason, he hit .207 with four runs and five RBI.