07/06/11 7:22 PM ET
Polanco remains out, will see back specialist
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
But it has become enough of a problem that manager Charlie Manuel rested him the final two games of the Phillies' three-game series against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. Those two games, plus a day off Thursday, will give Polanco three consecutive days to rest the pinched nerve in his back.
"It's not a big thing," Polanco said. "I can play. It's just uncomfortable."
Polanco said he has been bothered for about a month, although he has hit just .216 since April.
He said he will see a back specialist Thursday in Philadelphia.
"The more I've played, it made it worse and worse," Polanco said. "I think that turf in Toronto [last weekend] made it worse. That didn't help."
So when does Polanco feel it? The better question is: when doesn't he feel it?
"And something that worries me a little is I'm feeling some numbness on my [right] side, too," Polanco said. "So we'll go ahead and make sure it's nothing bad-bad. ... I had something similar to this in Detroit. They treated it, and in a few weeks I was feeling back to normal."
Polanco, who said he doesn't think he will need to head to the disabled list, stressed he can play if needed. But the Phillies are hoping rest helps put it behind him for a strong second half. Polanco said he still has every intention of playing in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Phoenix. He is the National League's starting third baseman.
"I think we just want to give him a breather more than anything else," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt (lower back inflammation) is scheduled to visit spinal surgeon Drew Dossett in Dallas on Friday to determine his next course of action in his recovery. That could involve injections or an epidural. ... Phillies right-hander Brad Lidge (strained right rotator cuff) is scheduled to pitch in a rehab game Thursday with Class A Lakewood. It is his second rehab appearance. ... Right-hander Joe Blanton (right elbow inflammation) threw a bullpen session Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.