We might not see Placido Polanco back in the Phillies’ lineup for a while.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro announced earlier this evening that Polanco was diagnosed with a sports hernia.
Polanco was sent back to Philadelphia over the weekend after revealing that he had been dealing with discomfort in his left hip for about a month. The veteran infielder is scheduled to receive an injection tomorrow and will be reevaulated on Friday. He has not been placed on the disabled list.
The Phillies haven’t ruled out surgery as a possibility, but it would not be a season-ending scenario. David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that team doctors believe Polanco could recover within 3-4 weeks.
Polanco, 35, is hitting .275/.330/.342 with four home runs and 40 RBI over 383 plate appearances this season, but has a .223 batting average and .544 OPS since the start of May. With the Phillies well out in front in the National League East, they can afford to get by with the likes of Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez at third base if it means Polanco will be healthy for the postseason.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.