Polanco's injured finger adds to infield woes
The Phillies infield is already on shaky ground with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley battling injuries.
Now Placido Polanco, whom the Phillies have played sparingly this spring because of his own health concerns, joins the list.
Polanco left Saturday's game against the Blue Jays at Bright House Field after jamming his left ring finger while diving back to first base in the first inning of a 4-3 victory. Polanco left the ballpark to have X-rays. Results of that exam were not immediately available.
"His said his knuckle kind of got out of joint," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It kind of popped up. He said he pushed it back down. When he told us that, we took him out of the game."
Polanco might be fine, but his injury only emphasized how thin the Phillies are in the infield, even with some of the offseason moves they made to bolster the bench. In fact, the Phillies are still looking for infield depth.
But Manuel doesn't want just another body.
"I don't want to hear the 'body' [stuff]. I want somebody here that can play," Manuel said. "We're talking about winning the World Series. We talk about getting to the playoffs. Don't say 'body' to me. I'm not a mediocrity kind of guy."