08/22/11 10:38 PM ET
Polanco returns to Phillies with 2-for-4 effort
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
But he was encouraged in his return to the lineup Monday.
He went 2-for-4 with a putout and two assists in the Phillies' 10-0 victory over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Polanco had been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 before being activated prior the game to take Jimmy Rollins' place on the 25-man roster. Rollins was put on the DL with a strained right groin.
"I didn't feel anything," Polanco said. "So I'm pretty optimistic now."
Polanco has ruled out surgery until after the season. He said if the pain resurfaces he will have another injection.
"I would like to play every game," he said. "I don't want them to baby me more than they have already."
Hamels' eye on the prize -- a championship
PHILADELPHIA -- When Jered Weaver agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension with the Angels, the Phillies must have wondered how it impacted their future negotiations with Cole Hamels.
Weaver was eligible to become a free agent following the 2012 season, just like Hamels.
Weaver is 78-45 with a 3.30 ERA in 170 career starts. Hamels is 73-52 with a 3.39 ERA in 174 starts.Weaver and Hamels are two-time All-Stars. Weaver averages 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings, while Hamels averages 8.5. Weaver has a 3.19 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while Hamels' is 3.72. Statistically, they are incredibly similar.
Hamels said Monday that Weaver's deal barely registered on his radar.
"I just want to play," he said this afternoon. "That's why I have an agent. He'll take care of the rest. If I go out and play and I'm comfortable, good things will happen. That's all I can affect. It's a situation where it's your choice and when the time comes people make choices. I think I'm more focused on trying to win a World Series right now with these guys. That's been the only thing on my mind this year."
Asked if prefers to stay in Philadelphia, he said, "I don't know any better. I've had great memories here. That's the thing. This team wants to win. This organization wants to win. I want to win. I think it's a perfect fit."
Hamels is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday and rejoin the rotation Friday. He missed a start last week because of inflammation in his left shoulder.
Contreras' mound session cut short on Monday
PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Contreras suffered a setback Monday, clouding his chances of contributing in the postseason.
He threw off the mound for the first time since landing on the disabled list in June because of a strained right forearm. His elbow was "barking," according to Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee. Dubee cut short the session.
Contreras will see a doctor for further evaluation.
Joe Blanton also threw in the bullpen, and Dubee said it went well. There is no timetable for his return, but he has been shooting for sometime in September. Blanton, who has been on the DL since May because of right elbow inflammation, will be pitching out of the bullpen, if he returns.
Ibanez sits with soreness; Mayberry starts
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel scratched Raul Ibanez from Monday's lineup because of soreness in his left groin.
John Mayberry Jr. took Ibanez's place in left field.
Manuel did not seem to think Ibanez's condition was serious.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.