Placido Polanco

Placido Polanco had five errors in 123 games at third this season.
Placido Polanco had five errors in 123 games at third this season.
Posted: October 06, 2010

Position: Third base

Height, weight: 5-10, 190

Age: 35. Birthdate: Oct. 10, 1975

Years pro: 13

Return to the Phold: Polanco returned to the Phillies in December when he signed a 3-year, $18 million deal. In 2005, Polanco began the season as the Phillies' second baseman until he was traded to Detroit for reliever Ugueth Urbina. He became one of the key players in a trip to the 2006 World Series, where the Tigers fell to St. Louis. During his first stint with the Phillies (2002-05), Polanco played a limited role at third base but was more than willing to go back to the hot corner for another chance to play for a playoff contender.

The trade: Polanco was traded in July 2002 to the Phillies with Bud Smith and Mike Timlin from the Cardinals for Scott Rolen, Doug Nickle and cash.

Taking the oath: Polanco became a U.S. citizen on July 9, 2008. Polanco is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Playing with pain: Polanco has struggled with an injured left elbow since being hit by a pitch from Atlanta's Tim Hudson in April. Polanco has had four cortisone shots and is destined for surgery after the season. Despite the injury, he hit .298 with 52 RBI this year. In 587 plate appearances, he struck out just 47 times.

In the field: Polanco won Gold Gloves at second base in 2007 and 2009 with Detroit. In 1,598 career games, Polanco has played 444 at third base. His career fielding percentage is .990 and at third base it is .983.

In the postseason: This will be Polanco's seventh playoff series, his first with the Phillies. He has batted .296, and that includes an 0-for-17 in the 2006 World Series against the Cardinals.

- Michael Radano

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