LOS ANGELES -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. certainly could have been bluffing Monday evening at Dodger Stadium.He said if Placido Polanco's sports hernia requires surgery and he misses a significant period of time, the Phillies will not look outside of the organization for help at third base. He said Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez will man the position through the remainder of the season, even if it includes a deep run into October. "They will be the ones who will play," he said. Polanco left Saturday's game in San Francisco because of soreness in his left hip. He flew to Philadelphia on Sunday for a MRI exam on Monday. The results revealed a chronic sports hernia injury. He will receive an injection Tuesday and be evaluated Friday. He has not yet been placed on the disabled list. If the shot does not relieve Polanco's discomfort he probably will have surgery. Amaro said surgery would not necessarily end his season. "Our doctors tell us it could be somewhere between three weeks and a month," Amaro said. "I think we can manage him through it, but we'll find out more Friday." Amaro said he is hopeful Polanco can play through the injury, much like Raul Ibanez played through it in 2009. Amaro added Polanco's injury does not seem to be nearly as severe as Ibanez's. Ibanez's required offseason surgery. "It's not an uncommon set of circumstances," Amaro said. "He actually felt much, much better even before he flew out."
Victorino takes lion's share of punishment
LOS ANGELES -- Shane Victorino knew he would receive a suspension for his actions in Friday's bench-clearing dustup in San Francisco. He just didn't know how long it would be.Major League Baseball announced Monday that Victorino would be suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount. Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco, Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez and Giants catcher Eli Whiteside received fines, but were not suspended. MLB said Victorino's "aggressive actions prolonged the bench-clearing incident." Victorino declined comment, although he seemed upset at the punishment. Not necessarily because he got suspended, but because nobody on the Giants did. The Phillies thought Whiteside helped fuel the incident when he hopped up and down like a boxer and tried to tackle Polanco at the knees. One source said Victorino was the only player suspended because of his interaction with home-plate umpire Mike Muchlinski. Victorino put his hands on Muchlinski as he tried to reenter the scrum -- and later reentered the scrum when things had started to calm down. Victorino has appealed the suspension and was in the Monday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. "They were the ones that provoked it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I feel Vic kind of did what he had to do. He had to stand up for himself." "I don't have any comment whether it's fair or not," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Blanton may return, join bullpen
LOS ANGELES -- Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton could still pitch this season, but if he does, it will be out of the bullpen.Blanton has been on the disabled list since May 16 because of inflammation in his right elbow. He visited orthopedist James Andrews on Monday, and Andrews found no reason to have surgery at this time. The Phillies said they will continue to have Blanton rehab. If it continues to go well, he could pitch before the end of the season. If it does not go well, he probably will have surgery. Specifically, it would be a transposition of the ulnar nerve. "He doesn't have anything wrong with his ligament apparently," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "If he does have that procedure it's like a two- or three-month rehab. Even if he has to do it at the end of the year we think he's going to be ready to go in Spring Training."
Mathieson heads to Lehigh Valley
LOS ANGELES -- Phillies right-hander Scott Mathieson cleared waivers and was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.The Phillies designated Mathieson for assignment on Saturday to make room for right-hander Roy Oswalt, who rejoined the team Sunday in San Francisco.
Mathieson allowed four hits, one earned run and one walk and struck out eight in seven innings on Monday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.