Polanco headed home for MRI, no DL yet


SAN FRANCISCOPhillies third baseman Placido Polanco was out of the lineup Sunday and scheduled to fly to Philadelphia for an MRI on his ailing left hip. Polanco was not placed on the disabled list.

Well find out what the doctors say and go from there, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Polanco left Saturdays game in the eighth inning with hip soreness. He later said he had been feeling soreness in the area for about a month. He was adamant he did not suffer an injury in Friday nights tussle with San Francisco catcher Eli Whiteside.

Absolutely not, Amaro said when asked if it occurred in the fight. He said hes had it for some time, but we were not made aware of it until now.

Manager Charlie Manuel said Polanco was also feeling some discomfort in his groin muscle.

Polanco, 35, missed significant time in July with a bulging disc in his lower back. An MRI performed last month showed some scar tissue in the area of Polancos groin muscle, according to Amaro.

It happens, Amaro said. Wear and tear.

Polanco is 7 for 24 with an RBI and no extra-base hits in six games since returning from the disabled list. Michael Martinez started in his place at third base Sunday afternoon.

Worley updatePitcher Vance Worley is sporting a nasty bruise on his lower left leg, the result of his knocking down a hot smash off the bat of Pablo Sandoval on Friday night. Worley threw a bullpen session Sunday and said he felt just fine. He will pitch Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles.

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