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.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.