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Spring Gameday: Phillies vs. Blue Jays

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Joe Blanton vs. Jesse Litsch

Time: 1:05 pm, Dunedin, FL
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 80
Audio: Phillies.com

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Phillies (12-7) vs. Blue Jays (8-8).

Phillies Lineup:
1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Shane Victorino CF
3. Raul Ibanez LF
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Placido Polanco 3B
6. Ross Gload DH
7. Ben Francisco RF
8. Carlos Ruiz C
9. Josh Barfield 2B
Joe Blanton P


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  1. Don M

    March 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    from 700level:

    Placido Polanco left this afternoon’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays down in Dunedin, Florida and was replaced by Wilson Valdez at third base. Scott Franzke and Chris Wheeler mentioned on the radio broadcast that Polanco appeared to show discomfort after a swing during his at bat in the first inning. The Phillies have said Polly left with a hyper extended left elbow and that removing him from the game was just precautionary.

    As ball scrib John Finger mentioned, amputation is not expected, and it is not the same area as Polly’s past surgery.

    • Pat Gallen

      March 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Basically, the team is saying its precautionary. But you can never trust anything this team says anymore – they are now on the same level as the Eagles.

  2. The Original Chuck P

    March 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Wait a minute… am I missing something? Is not the same area as Polly’s last surgery… since when did a left elbow become not the same area as a left elbow? It’s not like we’re talking about an index finger versus a pinky finger… an elbow is an elbow. Sorry but I’m not buying what he’s selling. An elbow doesn’t just hyperextend… if they’re not connected in some way, I’d be shocked. Maybe it’s not the same problem but if the elbow was weakened by the surgery which allowed it to hyperextend, then the two events are connected.

    Losing Polly would be tough to swallow at this point.

    I’m not worried about Lidge… given how hard and frequently he throws (and as much torque as he uses), it would seem to be kind of normal to have a bit of tenderness in spring. He always seems to have that… biceps soreness is not knee soreness or elbow problems.

    Losing Brown could be a good thing for his development… ditch the hitch in the swing (let him swing the way he knows how) and gain some confidence before coming back.

    Utley has a long road ahead but I’ve always felt like we can navigate without him… this may sound crazy but at this point, I would rather see him rest or have surgery and not come back until he’s 100% under any circumstance.

    But losing Polanco would be tough… his skill set is so difficult to replace. He’s the guy that’s going to get on base for Howard. Not having a high on base leadoff guy is ok when you have Polanco… and he plays third base which requires a strong arm and a quick glove which not everyone has. Let’s hope it’s not that bad…

  3. Manny

    March 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    You gotta be kidding me!!

  4. Ted Bell

    March 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    People wonder why I’m worried about the age of this team.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  5. Pat Gallen

    March 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    The team said it wasn’t related to the surgery, but Polanco himself said it was the very area. He says he could have stayed in the game, but they did it for obvious reasons.

  6. Don M

    March 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Regardless of who else is where… I think we’re going to see alot of Ruiz in the 7-hole this year. Might be a decent Fantasy Baseball option too since his numbers will surely climb and help the team in real life

    • Manny

      March 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Man, I don’t wanna put more pressure on the little guy. He’s a catcher and will get pretty banged up regularly, and he has to tell the 4 aces where we wants every single pitch. To expect him to do anything more than what he did last year (and now batting 7th) is, I don’t know, greedy perhaps?

      • Don M

        March 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

        Ruiz actually hit in the 7-hole a ton last year . . .
        it was something like HALF of his at bats were from the 7th, and the other half from the 8th

        He’d get better pitches to hit without the pitcher behind him, etc…. So im not saying we NEED Ruiz to be an MVP – and I meant his numbers would climb from his career averages, not from his great season last year.

  7. buffy08210

    March 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I wonder if there is a systemic problem with our strength and conditioning coaching with the history of injuries. Granted Jimmy looks like a human pretzel when he stretches his legs but hyper extension on a swing? Also, Chase’s knee should have been rehabbed on the off season since it is a chronic thing which should have responded to the right excercises as per the British Journal of Sports Medicine article I noted on a comment last week.
    Why don’t they MRI the whole bodies of the starting line-up to catch potential trouble ahead of time? They could just buy a machine and keep it running.

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