Polanco expects to return Monday, play every day

Polanco expects to return Monday, play every day

Polanco expects to return Monday, play every day
MIAMI -- Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco knows his schedule for the next few days.

After that, it's anybody's guess.

Polanco planned to travel to Clearwater, Fla., following Wednesday's series finale against Miami at Marlins Park. He will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Clearwater, playing six innings in the field. He will serve as the designated hitter on Friday, play nine innings in the field Saturday and fly to Philadelphia after a workout Sunday.

He expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday. Polanco has been on the DL since July 23 because of lower back inflammation. He said he feels 100 percent, although he has some lingering tightness.

"I don't feel anything that I had, the pinching, the strain," he said.

Polanco said he believes he can play every day upon his return.

"I expect to be the everyday third baseman, but what I expect and what is going to happen could be two different things," he said.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said earlier this week it is unlikely Polanco can play every day because of his back. Kevin Frandsen also has played well at third base, entering Wednesday's series finale hitting .315 with one home run and two RBIs. But Polanco is a superior defensive third baseman, and certainly Phillies pitchers would like to see him on the field.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Polanco said. "I just want to be healthy for whatever. If he plays me, he plays me. If not ..."