Polanco elbow surgery scheduled for tomorrow

Posted: October 28, 2010

Third baseman Placido Polanco will have surgery on his left elbow tomorrow and is expected to be ready for spring training, the Phillies said yesterday.

Polanco will have bone fragments removed from the elbow and have the extensor tendon repaired. The surgery, which was expected, will be performed by team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti.

"The recovery time for this procedure is typically 8 to 10 weeks and we fully expect Placido to be ready by spring training, but we'll know more after the surgery," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement.

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 and batted .298 with 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.

Before the National League Championship Series, Polanco said the elbow was 100 percent, with this caveat: "But if I swing a certain way, or I hit [the elbow], it goes back to maybe 70 or 60 percent. It depends on how hard you aggravate it."

Manuel speaks

Those looking for some good vibes about Jayson Werth's potential return to the Phillies will not find them with Charlie Manuel. Ruben Amaro has not publicly ruled out the possibility of agreeing to a contract with his free-agent rightfielder, but all indications are that such a deal is a longshot.

"From what I hear Ruben saying and my conversations with him, I think we definitely have some money to spend," Manuel said, speaking on WIP (610-AM), where he appears on a weekly show during the season. "But at the same time, the problem is, lengthwise of a contract, and also what direction we want to go in. From my point of view . . . I look at our core players, I'm a hitting guy, and I think we can develop a hitter before we can get a top-notch pitcher or a top bullpen piece. If you look at our infield, take our catcher, and our pieces in the outfield, I think we definitely already have a good offense. It definitely has to hit better, which I'm planning on it doing, but at the same time, I think we can get production from the corner guys if we have to platoon or we have to go out and get a lesser big-name piece."

What additions would Manuel like to see?

"I think Ruben's got a lot on his plate as far as which way he wants to go in getting it done," Manuel said. "But I think he can. Evidently he definitely still wants to negotiate with Werth. It sounds like he's going to talk to Scott Boras, his agent, and things. That's definitely the first priority. And then that will lead us into which way he wants to take our team.

"I like young players. If something happens and we don't keep Jayson, [Domonic] Brown, that intrigues me. I'm really interested in that. We need a blend, a balance, a different look. We need to get back to what I call energy. We've got established big-league players and they are good big-league players, outstanding. Some of them are great. And they have their own way of playing. It's not like they don't hustle and things like that, but we could use a little different mixture."

Manuel did not have much to say about his contract, which expires at the end of next season.

"Ruben said something about that he would be talking to me sometime this fall, probably before Christmas," he said. "I'm sure he will. We'll see what develops." *

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