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Polanco Has Sports Hernia, May Need Surgery

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Placido Polanco underwent an MRI on Monday for an ailing hip and the results may put the all-star third baseman on the shelf.

The MRI revealed a chronic sports hernia. Polanco left Saturday’s game in San Francisco due to soreness in his left hip and flew back to Philadelphia on Sunday for Monday’s test.

Polanco was not placed on the disabled list. He will receive an injection on Tuesday and be reevaluated on Friday.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that if the shot does not alleviate Polanco’s discomfort he will probably undergo surgery. However, Amaro said surgery would not necessarily end Polanco’s season.

Polanco just returned to the Phils lineup on Saturday, July 31 against the Pirates after missing a few weeks due to a bulging disk in his back. He was involved in the bench clearing brawl in San Francisco on Friday when Giant catcher Eli Whiteside tried to take him down but Polanco says that had nothing to do with this current injury.

Phillies utility infielders Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez, as they have throughout the season, are expected to fill-in at third.

Reported by Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio 1060

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