Friday, October 29, 2010

Phillies' Polanco has surgery

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco had successful surgery on his left elbow Friday.

Polanco had a procedure done to have bone fragments removed and an extensor tendon repaired.

"It went very well and we are fully expecting Placido to be 100 percent by spring training," said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. "Placido will have follow-up appointments with the doctor over the next several weeks and we hope to have him swinging the bat again within 10 weeks, around early January."

Polanco was injured early in the season when he was hit by a pitch from Atlanta's Tim Hudson. He spent minimal time off the field and played with the injury through the National League Championship Series, which the Phillies lost to San Francisco in six games.

Polanco just completed the first of a three-year contract he signed with Philadelphia last offseason. In 132 regular season games, the 35-year old batted .298 with 27 doubles and 52 RBI.

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