By Justin Adkins:
OK, this is getting ridiculous.
Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco left today’s game with a hyperextended left elbow. Yes, the same elbow he had surgery on this past offseason. The one where a lost-in-translation moment last season led to widespread fear that Polanco had a “broken elbow”. While it turned out to be bone chips, the condition still required surgery.
And the elbow may not be broken now, but a hyperextension is still no minor thing. While it doesn’t seem nearly as severe as what sidelined Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley this past season, and definitely not the hard-to-look-at injury suffered by former Eagles quarterback Koy Detmer on Monday Night Football, even a minor slippage in the joint could lead to future problems with stability and durablity.
Polanco doesn’t seem too worried though.
“It’s right where I had the surgery, but it’s nothing bad,” Polanco said, via the Zo Zone. “I’ve had it before. I’ve had it a million times. But the fact that I had surgery in that elbow, we’re being safe. We’re playing it very safe. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and the next day, take it a day at a time.”
Still, a 35 year-old veteran coming off elbow surgery shouldn’t be hyperextending the joint if he can help it.
“It’s just a day to day thing I think,” Polanco said. “When I’ve had it before, I never stopped playing. But since I had surgery, they took me out.”
So Polanco’s removal from the game was basically for cautionary purposes, but this is coming from same team that referred to Chase Utley’s knee injury as “general, routine soreness”.
“I’m not worried about mine, because I know how I feel,” Polanco said. “Talking to the trainers and the doctor, it seems like I’m going to be back soon. Chase is the one that worries me, but he seems to be getting better slowly but surely.”
The way offensive players are dropping like flies, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr had better get on the phones and see if he can turn the Four Horsemen into the Fab Five (just without that moron Chris Webber).
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