TORONTO - Placido Polanco was voted into an All-Star Game for the second time in his 14-year career, but that was mainly on the strength of a dominant April.
Since May 1, Polanco is hitting .219. He went 0 for 12 in the weekend series against the Blue Jays.
He admitted a back injury he has played through has affected his swing.
"I hate to use excuses, but it doesn't feel good," Polanco said. "It doesn't feel right."
Charlie Manuel used Polanco as his designated hitter Sunday. Polanco has continued to play basically every game while nursing the injury. He played through a nagging elbow injury a season ago and still nearly hit .300.