Injury updates on Polanco, Pence, others

The beat guys got a press release today from the Phillies, which we saw news earlier on Ryan Howard.

Here is the release from Todd Zolecki’s blog, “The Zo-Zone”:

The Phillies have announced the following injury updates:

  • First baseman Ryan Howard’s MRI revealed a rupture of the left Achilles tendon.  He cannot have surgery until the swelling resolves and it has not been determined who will perform the surgery.  Recovery time won’t be known until after the surgery is complete and there is no guarantee he will be ready for spring training.
  • First baseman Ross Gload will have his right hip re-examined by Dr. Bryan Kelly.  Gload will likely have arthroscopic hip surgery.
  • Right fielder Hunter Pence and second baseman Placido Polanco will both have MRIs to evaluate the extent of their sports hernias.  Polanco will likely have surgery and Pence’s plan will be determined following the MRI.
  • Left-hander Cole Hamels will have loose bodies removed from his left elbow on October 14.  He also has an inguinal hernia and surgery for that is scheduled for a week later.

None of these seem to be anything to worry about. We knew Polanco and Pence were playing injured. Both hernias are something that will be fixed by Spring Training. Gload’s injury was also common knowledge.

Hamels’ situation is normal for starting pitchers at the end of the season. He threw 216 pitches this year, the second highest total of his career and the third time he eclipsed the 200-inning mark.



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