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Placido Polanco Says He’s Pain Free

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a strong first two months of the 2011 season, Placido Polanco’s production was limited by injuries. He hit .398 in March and April, then ran into a back problem and a sports hernia. He wound up hitting just .277 with five home runs. He hit .105 in the Phillies division series against the Cardinals.

In 2012, the Phillies need his production, and he says he’s ready to go. “I feel pretty good actually. I’ve been hitting and running and taking ground balls. I haven’t felt any pain,” Polanco told 94 WIP’s Michael Barkann and Ike Reese on Wednesday.

Polanco said he wasn’t the only one in the clubhouse hurting in the playoffs last season. “It was very hard. Sometimes you’re a 100 percent, and it’s still hard. Imagine when you’re hurt. I looked around, and everybody had some pain. And they just kept going. I think now that everybody’s 100 percent, or close to 100 percent, I like our chances,” he said. “Our goal is to win the World Series. Not to make it to the playoffs.”

Listen to the entire interview with Placido Polanco:

Though Phillies fans have come to expect a World Series every year, Polanco knows what wins over Philadelphia fans, and that’s effort. “You just go out there, and throw your body out there, and play hard. That’s all they ask for.”

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  • Kimpet

    For all the duscission about Ryan Howard, largely prompted by his cantract, I put enough fingers to keyboard to finally be at peace with evaluating him this week. I simplified it to where in his case, RBI matter. This is not to deny that OPS is a far more valuble tool to measure a player’s individual skill, but this is Howard’s work station, and in this company, his job is to drive in runs. Now the stats might not evensupport this, but common sense tells me that his RBI total this month is largely predicated upon Polanco’s tremendous month. Polanco’s been on base more than white is on rice. So if I’m gonna worry about Howard, you better believe that at the top of the list of reasons is that the only guy in baseball that’s hitting 400 this year is Unleaded Fuel. What can Polly do when the dust settles is more of a concern. Call that a left handed compliment, I guess.There’s no real right or wrong to evaluating a contract. I suppose you could clearly say Adam Eaton’s was somewhere between wrong and terrible, but RAJ has taken a bath doused with criticism for signing players too long. On the surface, the third year for Ibanez, as admittedly called by many when the contract was signed looks beyond dreadful. Being as this thought is about Polanco, I’ll let it go at that for now regarding Raul. While Plac signed up for 3 years and was maybe a little less than equally criticized (Tim Dierkes, of MLBTR, clearly a knowledgable baseball guy, called it the worst FA signing of last year), and there’s a lot of baseball to be played, it at the very least shows truth in the old baseball adage you win some, you lose some.Certainly, so far, an absolute winner.And The Shortstop’s hitting, too. Very nice.

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