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Injury Update: Polanco, Ruiz, Worley

POLANCO’S SEASON DONE — The 2012 season has come to a close for third baseman Placido Polanco.

The Phillies put Polanco on the 15-day DL with back inflammation, but with it being in September it is easy to think he will stay there for the remainder of the season. This will enable Kevin Frandsen to play every day until the season ends.

Polanco did say he hopes to play again next season. He has an option for $5 million with the Phillies next season, but a $1 million buyout that Ruben Amaro is likely to use.

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Stutes to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Phillies RHP Michael Stutes (Kim Yong/Philly Inquirer)

The season never got off the ground for Michael Stutes.

The right-hander will undergo arthroscopic surgery by Dr. Yocum on June 26, ending his season.

Stutes had shoulder inflamation after suffering discomfort during Spring Training and trying to pitch at the start of the season. He landed on the DL and never pitched since.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said that Stutes’ surgery is exploratory more than anything and that the Phillies will know more about the injury and recovery time after he has the surgery next Tuesday.

Stutes hasn’t thrown since April, and it’s hard to believe he will pitch again this season. Stutes had a 6.35 ERA in 5 2/3 innings (six games) this year.

Hamels has two minor surgeries

According to Todd Zolecki, Cole Hamels had a pair of surgeries today.

Hamels had loose bodies removed from left elbow as well as surgery to repair a hernia. Both surgeries were minors – the loose bodies being a routine procedure and common among starting pitchers.

Hamels should begin throwing again in 3-to-4 weeks.

Howard had surgery this morning

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had surgery this morning in Baltimore. Dr. Mark Myerson, a renown orthopedic surgeon did the surgery on his ruptured left Achillies tendon.

Yesterday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Howard will likely be out four months after the surgery. He is hopeful to have his star slugger back in the line up by April.

Howard will get surgery; What does this mean for Phils?

Phils Ryan Howard stumbles after injuring his left foot leaving the batter's box. He has a torn Achilles and will have surgery (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Ryan Howard felt it as soon as he attempted to leave the batter’s box.

The sharp pain running through his body wasn’t just the end of the Phillies season dribbling to Cardinals second baseman Nick Punto. It was the pop Howard felt in his left foot that dropped Howard halfway down the first base line, leaving him in some of the worst pain during his 8-year career.

The injury was a tear to his left Achilles and it could potentially leave Howard out of the Phillies line up at least until May or June. He will have surgery this off season once the swelling goes down and there is, “no guarantee he will be ready for Spring Training.”

If the Phillies in fact lose Howard for a very long time, there needs to be some serious thought towards filling the 35+ homers and 120+ RBIs that Howard is good for every season.

There will come a handful of times where the Phils will need production from the four-spot in a late-game situation. Howard has provided that spark a handful of times during his career.

So how do you replace that? Howard’s time off could last only a couple months, making the Phillies decision a less drastic one. But there are also risks of set-backs.

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Contreras’ season is done

After having his third or fourth setback a few days ago, Jose Contreras’ season is done.

Matt Gelb tweeted that Contreras is confident he’ll be back next season but as for now, doesn’t know what type of surgery he will need to repair his injured elbow.

In 17 games this year, Contreras threw 14 innings and compiled a 0-0 record and 3.86 ERA. He also racked up five saves in as many opportunities early in the season.

Gelb: Blanton’s season likely done

Matt Gelb tweeted some not-so-great news for starting pitcher Joe Blanton and his injured right elbow:

Blanton’s season was doomed from the start. He was slated the 5th starter on a team filled with All-Star pitcher’s, most of the time being an afterthought to Phillies fans and baseball minds around the country.

Blanton’s season never took off either. He fought through a couple stints on the DL to manage only six starts, compiling a 2-1 record and 5.50 ERA.

Blanton still has one more year on his contract with the Phillies.

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