Placido Polanco scheduled to undergo elbow surgery Friday

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Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco played most of the 2010 season with a painful bone chip in his left elbow.  He also struggled with back problems near the end of the year and into October.  One of those ailments will be taken care of Friday.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Polanco is scheduled to have bone fragments removed from his elbow and will also have his extensor tendon repaired.

It’s a fairly major combination of procedures, but all signs point to him being fine for the start of spring training next year.

Polanco posted a .298/.339/.386 batting line in 554 at-bats this past season, tallying six home runs, five steals and 52 RBI.  As always, he also showed great range in the infield with an Ultimate Zone Rating of 13.5.

The 35-year-old will earn $5.25 million in 2011, $6.25 million in 2012 and carries a $5.5 million mutual option for 2013.

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.