Phillies Notebook: Phillies put Polanco on DL, take Madson off it

The Phillies placed second baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list on Friday. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)
The Phillies placed second baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list on Friday. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)
Posted: July 16, 2011

NEW YORK - They pass like ships in the night - the third baseman heads for the disabled list as the closer comes off it. It has been an ongoing theme for the team with the best record in baseball.

Which begs the question: How many wins would they have if all those ships had never left port?

Placido Polanco was placed on the 15-day DL with lower back inflammation yesterday, on the day Ryan Madson came off.

"I'm probably about 90 percent now," Polanco said. "There's still some inflammation in the nerves, but it should get better. I'm doing the core program, running and pills."

Would he be on the DL if this were September and there were a pennant race?

"Probably not," Polanco said. "Well, if it was September and we were already in, maybe. But if we were fighting [for a playoff spot] . . . It depends."

Polanco will be able to come off the DL Wednesday in Chicago.

Madson had been on the DL since June 19. He took a batted ball off his pitching hand on May 20, but pitched on for nearly a month. He will be eased back before reclaiming his closer role. And, even though Antonio Bastardo has been virtually unhittable as the closer, manager Charlie Manuel said Madson would get his job back after a few appearances, with the first coming in the seventh inning of last night's game with the Mets.

He threw 10 pitches, seven for strikes, and struck out two of the three batters he faced.

"I'm totally OK with that," Madson said. "I kind of want to get my feet wet, as well. It's been 2 weeks but it feels like it's been a lot longer. I'm anxious to get back in there and face big-league hitters. I'm not looking to do everything at once, that's for sure. I think it's a good idea."

Pain?

"There's no pain," he said.

"I just want to go out there and feel good," Madson said. "I haven't felt good since May 20, the day I got hit. I haven't felt 100 percent since then. I want to go out there and feel like myself. I just want to go out there and get big outs for this team and get wins."

Madson pitched for Class A Clearwater on Wednesday in a rehab assignment.

What exactly did he get out of that?

"It's hard to tell," he said. "There's 100 people in the stands. First guy bunts the first pitch of the rehab game. I'm like, 'What is going on here, what are you doing?' The next guy strikes out on three pitches. I did feel more into than just throwing a bullpen. I was happy with the results."

He thinks he threw seven pitches, but said he used all his pitches.

Oswalt back

Roy Oswalt was at Citi Field last night. He has been getting treatment on his back since going on the DL June 25.

"I threw two times pretty well, still on flat ground," Oswalt said. "I'm hoping maybe to get off the mound in Chicago [next week]. I did two injections. One was cortisone, one was something else, don't know exactly what it was.

"I've been through this before, so I kind of know where I'm at. I feel pretty good. The biggest thing now is build arm strength to get back. I feel like I can throw two or three innings, but I need to get back to 100-some pitches.

"You may have to have two rehab starts to see where I'm at. The biggest test will be when I get off the mound in Chicago."

The best news is that the pain is gone.

"I don't have the pain I had, which is great," Oswalt said. "The biggest thing is if I can get my strength back in my left leg, I'll be good to go."

The when is not at all clear, but the what is pretty clear to the veteran pitcher. He believes he can regain his top form.

"It might take a few starts, but I should bounce back pretty well," he said. "The last time I came back a little too early and I never really got my strength back. I tried to pitch through it."

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