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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.