Jul 122010

July 12 Camden Courier-Post 

” Placido Polanco said he hopes to return to the Phillies on Saturday, when they’re in Chicago playing the Cubs.

Polanco, who has been out since June 26 with left elbow inflammation, said he will start working out in Clearwater on Tuesday. He’ll play in a rehab game Thursday for Single-A Clearwater. Polanco said if he plays in a rookie-league game Friday morning, he could get to Chicago in time for the game Saturday afternoon.

If he plays for Clearwater on Friday night, he probably wouldn’t return until Sunday.

“My elbow feels good right now, better than the last two or three weeks,” Polanco said.

But Polanco said he doesn’t know if the elbow will continue to bother him the rest of the season. He admitted that the first doctor he saw when the Phillies were in Cincinnati recommended surgery.

He said Reds physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek told him: “Let’s get the bone spur out and it would never be a problem again.”

“If I would have done that, then I would have been out for two months,” Polanco said.

Polanco then saw Dr. Steven Cohen in Philadelphia and Dr. David Altchek in New York, and they both told him that surgery wasn’t necessary, that rest and anti-inflammatories could solve the problem.

But Polanco said he would have surgery after the season if it continues to bother him.

Polanco also said he had two cortisone shots in his elbow the last time, and has had three total. The first came in late May. The other two were on June 27. When the pain persisted, Polanco went on the disabled list.”

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