The Philadelphia Phillies have not enjoyed a smooth spring training so far this season. You’ve got Chase Utley starting the season on the DL with a knee injury that no one seems to know much about. Brad Lidge has shoulder soreness and will start the year on the DL. Then you see Shane Victorino colliding in the outfield with Raul Ibanez and Roy Oswalt takes a comebacker off the back of his head/neck. It all adds up.
There was also the hyperextension of Placido Polanco’s surgically repaired elbow this spring. The Phillies – as always – have downplayed the injury and insist that he should be fine. But, ESPN‘s Buster Olney isn’t hearing the same thing from other scouts in MLB.
“By the way: Rival scouts trailing Phils convinced that Placido Polanco’s injury will be a major factor for him and affect his availability,” Olney tweets.
And Polanco himself admits that he’s not loving the way his elbow feels right now.
“It’s still a little sore,” he said, per Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. “I’m surprised. I’m disappointed. Talking to the trainers, it’s something manageable. It’s not hard to treat. We’ll keep an eye on it.”
“I feel great,” he said. “My legs feel great. My back feels great.”
The 35-year old then flexed his elbow.
“It’s just this …” he said.
Polanco, you will remember, had offseason surgery to fix a bone spur and some tendon damage. He tweaked it again back on the 15th while swinging the bat.
“They say after you have surgery there’s a thickness in the joint that pinches the nerve,” he said. “You have to keep stretching it.”
We’ll see. But the Phillies can’t take too many blows to their lineup, that much I know.