ST. LOUIS -- Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco left during the eighth inning of Tuesday's 10-2 win over St. Louis with a contusion on his left pinky finger but expects to be ready to play on Wednesday.Polanco exited the game after being hit by a pitch from Cardinals reliever Jason Motte during the Phillies' nine-run eighth. Polanco did get the game-tying RBI on the hit-by-pitch, though, which made the pain a little more tolerable, he said. X-rays on Polanco's hand were negative, and manager Charlie Manuel said the two-time Gold Glove Award winner's status for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Manuel said. "Nothing's broken according to the X-rays. No fracture." Polanco, who is hitting .291 with four home runs and 39 RBIs in 71 games this season, was in the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' lineup for the seventh time this season Tuesday, as Manuel is searching for a way to get his third baseman going at the plate. Polanco began the year in the No. 2 hole and is hitting .359 with a .409 on-base percentage in 33 starts when he bats second. Conversely, Polanco is hitting under .130 when he bats fifth, which is why Manuel considered batting Polanco second and moving center fielder Shane Victorino into the No. 5 spot. "I thought about that today," Manuel said. "Victorino has been hitting good there. Victorino is definitely a stronger No. 5 hitter as far as extra-base hits and things." But the skipper decided against the move because he likes what Victorino brings to the running game. "Just speed at the top, we can get more things going," Manuel said. "We can steal more bases, get guys in scoring position." In years past, Manuel had a clear No. 5 hitter, be it Pat Burrell or Jayson Werth. But this season, the skipper has used seven different players in the No. 5 spot. "We'll kind of have to work it around," Manuel said.
Phillies tab Worley for Friday start vs. A's
ST. LOUIS -- Vance Worley will get the start against the A's on Friday, with Kyle Kendrick remaining in the bullpen."Now that I know I'm starting, I guess it's a little bit more relieving to know that I'll be here still," Worley said on Tuesday. Worley made a spot start on Saturday in Seattle, allowing one run on five hits in five innings in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on June 17. "I thought I battled through my problems and left runners on when I needed to," Worley said. "I thought my offspeed stuff was better; I just think I threw too many of them for balls. I didn't start them in the right spot, and when I did, I got outs with them." The right-hander was optioned to Lehigh Valley following his May 29 start to work on his consistency. He made three starts in the Minors, going 2-0 and allowing three earned runs in 19 innings with 21 strikeouts. "I know that I needed to work on a few things, and I went down there and took care of business and found my way back up," Worley said. Worley has appeared in seven games this year, starting five, and he is 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he was happy to see his old friend, Jack McKeon, managing once again for Flordia. McKeon, 80, is the second-oldest manager in Major League history."Jack just put 5 or 10 more years on my managerial career," Manuel said. Brad Lidge threw 20 pitches off the mound on Monday at the club's Spring Training facilities in Florida as he continues to rehab from a right rotator cuff strain and right elbow pain.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.