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10/03/11 9:53 PM ET

Old injury could be hampering Polanco

ST. LOUIS -- Over the first two games of the National League Division Series, third baseman Placido Polanco is 0-for-8 with three strikeouts.

Polanco is hitting .265 with three doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs, a .331 on-base percentage and a .311 slugging percentage since rejoining the team on Aug. 22 after spending time on the 15-day disabled list because of a sports hernia, and aftereffects of the injury could be affecting him on the field.

"I think it bothers him some," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's missed time because of it, and I think it plays a part in ... his movement and things. He gets real tight and sore, and I think it definitely bothers him."

Mayberry hopes to right things vs. lefty Garcia

ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies have had very little success against left-hander Jaime Garcia, who is starting for the Cardinals on Tuesday in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, so it should be no surprise that John Mayberry Jr. is expected to start in left field in the pivotal game.

"I've been thinking about that," manager Charlie Manuel said before Monday's workout at Busch Stadium. "More than likely, that's what I'll do, probably."

Raul Ibanez, meanwhile, has hit .211 with five doubles, one triple, four home runs, 24 RBIs and a .353 slugging percentage in 133 at-bats against lefties.

Mayberry's .595 slugging percentage against left-handers is third on the team, behind Hunter Pence's .929 and Shane Victorino's .608. Placido Polanco is fourth, at .437, which illustrates how many problems such left-handed hitters as Ibanez, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have had against southpaws this season.

Mayberry is 3-for-6 with one double and one RBI in his career against Garcia.

"I don't think anybody feels real comfortable against him," said Mayberry about his success against Garcia. "He's a real good pitcher. I guess I've been fortunate in the past."

Dubee no fan of starting pitchers on short rest

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter lasted just three innings in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

It was his first time pitching on short rest, and it showed.

Since 2007, when the Phillies won the first of their five consecutive National League East championships, pitching coach Rich Dubee has been asked if he would bring back a pitcher on short rest. He was asked about Cole Hamels in 2007, when the Phillies fell behind the Rockies in the NLDS. He was asked about Cliff Lee in the 2009 World Series and Roy Halladay in the 2010 NL Championship Series.

Not that Dubee would never do it, but he's not a fan of it.

"Most real good players at this level get accustomed to a routine," Dubee said. "Apparently, that was Carpenter's first whack at it. That's a strange beast right there. You're going from your normal side day. Then your third day, generally, you can kick back and relax mentally. The fourth day you get ready to pitch. Now, all of a sudden, you probably didn't have a side day, and you have shorter rest and shorter preparation time."

Pitching on short rest is as challenging mentally as physically.

"I think it turns into a physical thing, but I think it's more mental to begin with," Dubee said. "I think all of a sudden, more often than not, guys convince themselves they're not 100 percent, that way they do different stuff."

Asked if there would be any reason to use a pitcher on short rest this postseason, Dubee said, "I don't think so. I've got confidence with every guy we've got out there."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.