Placido Polanco has been sidelined since Saturday with lower back soreness and was supposed to rejoin the Marlins’ lineup today, but he was a late scratch after taking batting practice.
“I don’t think it’s going to be an extended thing,” manager Mike Redmond said, via Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. “We just want got make sure he’s 100 percent before we run him back out there. We need him for the long haul.
Here’s the thing, though: At this point it’s safe to wonder if Polanco is simply too beat up physically to ever really be “100 percent.”
He had knee, finger, and back problems last season and toe, hip, elbow, and finger problems in 2011, including a hernia. He’s missed 30, 40, and 72 games in the past three seasons and is now 37 years old. Polanco picked the right spot to reestablish himself as an everyday player, because it’s not like the Marlins have many other options, but his body may not allow it.
The Cubs soundly defeated the Cardinals on Monday night, 10-2, sending their magic number down to one. They will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday with another win against the Cardinals. Alternatively, if they lose, they can still clinch if the Brewers also lose on Tuesday.
The Cubs, of course, won the Central last year en route to winning their first World Series since 1908. It wasn’t nearly as easy this year as the club was below .500 entering June and was exactly at .500 entering July. A 16-8 July, 17-12 August, and 15-8 September have helped put the Cubs back in position to return to the postseason.
Not to be forgotten, the Cardinals were eliminated from NL Central contention with Monday’s loss. Now they have their sights set on the second NL Wild Card slot and currently trail the Rockies in that race.
The matchups for Tuesday’s action:
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.
Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.
The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.