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.