Placido Polanco will likely receive epidural injection for ailing lower back

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Placido Polanco will likely receive an epidural injection due to lingering pain from the bulging disc in his lower back.

“The idea was thrown out by the doctors in Philly,” Polanco said late Monday afternoon. “They say they really help. I’ve tried rest and medication. I’m at the point where I think I’ll have the injection. It’s still sore.”

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer, Polanco could receive the shot as soon as Thursday when the team returns home. The 35-year-old third baseman is eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, though he obviously won’t be back any time soon.

Polanco hasn’t played since July 4, but the injury has hampered his production for a number of weeks now. After beginning the season with a .398 batting average in April, he’s batting just .216/.276/.261 with two homers and a .537 OPS since the start of May.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.