August 24 Philadelphia Daily News
“I ain’t trying to do nothing, man,” Manuel said. “I want to put the best team possible on the field. That’s all I’m trying to do. I ain’t trying to do a damn thing. Seriously.”
But is he keeping a close eye on Polanco, who missed 18 games in June and July with what the team called elbow tendinitis, for which it has said that he will likely need surgery in the offseason?
“I guess you could call it that,” Manuel said. “I’ve only got two [eyes]. I ain’t trying to do nothing. I’m trying to win the game, that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying for us to win the game.”
Polanco did enter the game last night as a pinch-hitter and flied out to centerfield in the ninth inning of the 3-2 loss to Houston.
Polanco had started 34 straight games since returning from the disabled list on July 17, although he was removed in the seventh inning of a 15-9 loss to the Dodgers on Aug. 10 because of the elbow. The Phillies went 23-11 during that stretch as Polanco hit .317 with a .353 on-base percentage, 22 runs and 14 RBI. Overall, he has 61 runs, 41 RBI, and a team-leading .318 batting average.
Polanco went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the Phillies’ 6-0 win over the Nationals on Sunday. Manuel indicated the soreness that sidelined him last night was minor.
“He’s got a little soreness in his elbow,” Manuel said. “I don’t want you to make a big deal out of it. Like I said before, he’ll swing sometimes, or a check swing, things like that, he’ll feel something in his elbow. Or dive for balls and stuff like that, that’s been going on. He’s all right. Just give him a blow today.”
Will he be able to play tonight, the second of a four-game series against the Astros?
“I think so, yeah,” Manuel said.”
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