ALLENTOWN - Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco began his rehabilitation assignment yesterday with the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. At the end of his six-inning stint, he reported, "I feel really good."
Sidelined with back inflammation and a bulging disk, Polanco was placed on the disabled list on July 15 (retroactive to July 5). He is scheduled to play for Lehigh Valley again tonight and expects to rejoin the Phillies tomorrow, when they play the second of a three-game series against visiting Pittsburgh.
Polanco said he was free of pain for the first time "in almost 2 months."
He called it, "a big relief."