Phillies Notes: Manuel: Polanco not set at third

Placido Polanco said he expects to play for Clearwater on Wednesday. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Placido Polanco said he expects to play for Clearwater on Wednesday. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Posted: August 15, 2012

MIAMI - Later this week, Placido Polanco will travel across the state of Florida to resume playing baseball with the single-A Clearwater Threshers. He plans to rejoin the Phillies on Saturday in Milwaukee after missing nearly a month of action with back inflammation.

He will not be the everyday third baseman upon his return.

"No," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I probably won't be able to throw him out there every day. We definitely need him back, because he is a good defensive player."

It should serve as the latest indication that the Phillies will move on from Polanco in 2013. The 36-year-old third baseman has a $5.5 million option that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has not ruled out exercising. Even then, Amaro acknowledged that Polanco's health is a major concern.

Polanco said he expects to play for Clearwater on Wednesday. Manuel and front-office personnel did not put that precise of a timetable on his rehabilitation assignment. Polanco took batting practice indoors Sunday and then with the team Monday.

With Kevin Frandsen's emergence at third in Polanco's absence, the Phillies could have the two split time during the season's final six weeks.

Manuel has spoken highly of Frandsen, who started Monday for the 14th consecutive game, but tempered it somewhat. He is, after all, a 30-year-old with only 242 major-league games to his name.

"When I see someone like that, I like to just leave him alone and let him play," Manuel said. "A lot of times you get real giddy because a guy has a week or a month. You have to have a couple of years.

"Nowadays, if you have a good week, you live off it for six months. What the hell? That ain't the way it goes. So just leave the guy alone. Let him do it himself. He'll stay more into it. If you really want to make him real, real good, you give him a one-year deal."

Sticking with Worley

Vance Worley has a 5.73 ERA since the start of July. He is due for offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Those two facts are not related, the Phillies say.

In fact, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said he has not been privy to any conversations regarding a possible early shutdown of Worley.

"My understanding is the issue is not something that's going to take a whole offseason to recover from," Proefrock said. "As long as he can keep pitching and there's not a risk of hurting himself - which, from everything I understand, there's no issue there.

Worley has maintained the same stance. He has pointed to his control as the major problem.

"You've got to remember," Proefrock said, "last year, it was his first time around. Second time around, you've got to make adjustments. My impression is it's not related to the elbow issue."

Extra bases

Infielder Hector Luna was recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace injured outfielder Nate Schierholtz. . . . Freddy Galvis' 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs ends Thursday. He must be removed from the restricted list Friday, at which point he will begin earning his salary again. Galvis lost about $133,000. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a fractured back. . . . Former Phillies utilityman Tomas Perez attended Monday's game and shared laughs with former coaches and teammates beforehand. Perez, 38, did not pie anyone.

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