DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Phillies cannot afford to lose another infielder.
But they got a scare Tuesday when Placido Polanco left a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays in the second inning at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium because of a hyperextended left elbow. Polanco injured the elbow on a swing in the first inning.
Polanco had surgery on the same elbow Oct. 29 to remove bone fragments and repair the extensor tendon.
"It's right where I had the surgery, but it's nothing bad," Polanco said. "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 [Wednesday] and the next day, take it a day at a time."
Polanco said he does not think Tuesday's injury is related to his surgery.
"Probably not," he said. "It's right on the same spot, but it didn't make it any worse. What I had there is gone. But you have to remember every time they open you and you have surgery, it's not the same. But hopefully with a couple of days off, anti-inflammatories and ice, I should be back."
Polanco is uncertain when he could return to Grapefruit League games.
"It's just a day-to-day thing, I think," he said. "When I've had it before, I never stopped playing. But since I had surgery, they took me out."
The Phils already are without second baseman Chase Utley, who is sidelined indefinitely with right knee pain.
"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."
Lidge not worried about biceps tendinitis
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Closer Brad Lidge seemed to be in good spirits at Bright House Field on Tuesday morning.
If he is worried, he is not showing it.
Lidge is unable to pitch because of tendinitis in his right biceps, which explains why his velocity has been down this spring. He said Tuesday that he plans to play catch over the next couple of days before throwing a bullpen session Thursday.
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"Honestly, it's really not that big a thing, assuming everything goes the way it's supposed to go," Lidge said. "If it doesn't, then obviously it would be cause for concern. But right now, we're good. I have plenty of time to be ready for April 1."
Blanton a bit frustrated, but able to adjust
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Joe Blanton just started throwing curveballs in his previous Grapefruit League start, but still got frustrated Tuesday when he threw three consecutive breaking balls in the dirt against the Blue Jays.
Frustrated, he shouted a choice word.
"It happened to be when everybody wasn't saying anything," he said.
Blanton allowed seven hits, two runs and struck out three in four innings. He has a 3.45 ERA this spring.
"I feel all right," he said. "I feel every time I come out I'm making adjustments, which is always a positive."
"He was all right," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. "He got his work in. His stuff is good. He gave up some hits, but the whole object is to get his pitch count up."
Phillies left-hander J.C. Romero got hit in the left pinky finger in the seventh inning when the Blue Jays' Juan Rivera hit a bullet up the middle. The Phils checked out Romero, but he finished the inning. Manager Charlie Manuel said he thinks Romero is OK. ... Philadelphia improved to 13-7 in the Grapefruit League with Tuesday's 13-7 victory over Toronto. The victory put them into first place in the Grapefruit League. "First place is good anywhere," Manuel said.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.