The Phillies’ injuries mount: Placido Polanco tweaks his elbow

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Phillies’ third baseman Placido Polanco injured his left elbow yesterday, hyperextending it during a swing.  This is the same elbow on which he had surgery back in November.  He says it’s not serious, though, and it’s suspected that he’ll only miss a few days.

I think most people agree that injuries are the only thing that can derail this team, so serious or not, it’s not fabulous that Polanco joins Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and Brad Lidge on the Phillies injury list.  Still, as long as none of the starters show up there, it’s not a real cause for concern either.

Report: Athletics sign Chris Herrmann to one-year, $1 million deal

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Athletics and catcher Chris Herrmann have agreed to a contract. It’s a one-year deal worth $1 million with performance incentives, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Herrmann, 31, spent last season with the Mariners, batting .237/.322/.421 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI in 87 plate appearances. He opened the season at Triple-A Tacoma, then was called up in late May. Herrmann battled an oblique injury during the season as well.

Herrmann figures to back up Josh Phegley behind the plate in 2019.