Philadelphia Phillies Third Baseman Placido Polanco Leaves Game Early With Injury

By Cody Swartz

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco left Saturday’s game in the third inning with a finger injury. He jammed it sliding back into first base on a pickoff attempt.

Polanco had reached first base on a single. He was examined by head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and remained in the game, only to leave later. Polanco has played just six games so far in spring training, as the team attempts to take it easy on their injury-prone third baseman.

Polanco posted a .277/.335/.339 statline with five home runs, 50 RBIs, and three stolen bases in 523 plate appearances. Polanco made the NL All-Star team and won a Gold Glove, although he ended the year as a near-offensive liability after battling an elbow injury that plagued him at the plate.

Polanco is entering the final season of a three-year deal he signed with the club prior to the 2010 season.

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