ATLANTA -- This has been an insufferably long week for Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco.
He has had inflammation and a bruise in his left elbow since Tim Hudson hit him with a pitch on April 21 at Turner Field. He received a MRI on Sunday in Florida. He received a cortisone injection into the elbow Monday in Philadelphia. He rejoined the team Tuesday in Atlanta, but is not expected to play until Friday.
"Friday for sure," Polanco said. "I need to be playing."
The Phillies could use him. They had scored just 10 runs in nine games entering Tuesday's game against the Braves at Turner Field. They had not hit a home run in 63 consecutive innings, their longest home run drought since a 73-inning streak in 1999.
"I'm pretty sure everybody is thinking and feeling the pressure," Polanco said. "All these guys in here are professionals and proven winners. Everybody wants to step up and do it, but it doesn't happen like that. When you really put the extra pressure on you, it doesn't happen, because you want it so bad. You have to relax and let it happen. I'm pretty sure that's what's going on.
"Right now," Polanco said, pointing to his head with both index fingers, "it's right there."
He compared trying too hard at the plate to a child making mistakes and not understanding the error of his ways until he is older.
"I believe we're going to come out of it and some good things are going to happen," he said. "It's a long season. It's there. The track records are there. Relax. It's going to happen. The question is when? The sooner the better."
Injured Happ scheduled to throw two innings
ATLANTA -- Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ hopes to take another step forward Thursday, when he is scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring camp game in Clearwater, Fla.
Happ, who has not pitched since April 15 because of a left forearm injury, could make his first rehab start next Tuesday.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Jimmy Rollins, who is on the disabled list with a strained right calf, might not be activated Sunday, when he is first eligible to play. Rollins just started jogging this week. He will need to play in at least one rehab game before he rejoins the Phillies, and that might not happen before the weekend.
Lidge slowly working back to closer's role
ATLANTA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Tuesday he would like to see Brad Lidge pitch a couple more times in non-save situations before he returns to the closer's role.
Lidge pitched a scoreless inning Monday in a 9-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. It was Lidge's first appearance since being activated from the disabled list because of inflammation in his right elbow. Lidge has received two cortisone injections in the elbow this year.
Manuel gets in extra work with Werth
ATLANTA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel spent some one-on-one time Tuesday in the batting cage with Jayson Werth.
How did he look?
"Like a 6-foot-5, 225-pound man," Manuel said. "A right-hander hitter."
Werth returned to the lineup after sitting out Monday's series opener against the Braves at Turner Field. He was hitless in his past 19 at-bats entering the game.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.