Third baseman Placido Polanco will have surgery on his left elbow on Friday morning, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. The surgery will be performed by Phillies Team Physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti.
Polanco will have bone fragments removed from his elbow, in addition to having his extensor tendon repaired.
“The recovery time for this procedure is typically eight to 10 weeks and we fully expect Placido to be ready by spring training, but we’ll know more after the surgery,” said Amaro.
Polanco hit .298 during the regular season with six home runs and 52 RBI, but struggled in the playoffs, most of the Phillies did. In the postseason, Polly hit .206, but did knock in five runs in the NLCS against the Giants.
Looks like he’ll be OK for the spring. Gotta give it up to Polly for the way he played this year – he was injured for a better part of the season, but took multiple cortisone shots and fought his way through it, all while giving exceptional defense at third base.