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.

RUIZ TO PLAY A LITTLE — Phillies have activated catcher Carlos Ruiz from the 15-day DL, but don’t be surprised if he plays sparingly the rest of the season.

The catcher, who is in the middle of a career season, said he will be in a limited role for the remainder of the season. Manager Charlie Manuel said he would “maybe start (Ruiz) every 4-5 days,” but will proceed with caution.

Ruiz’s role will pretty much be a right-handed bat off the bench as well catching a few innings in a game if needed and maybe starting. Still expect Erik Kratz to get a bulk of the load.

WORLEY HAD SURGERY — Phillies starting pitcher Vance Worley had surgery today on his right elbow.

The doctors removed the loose bodies in his arm as well as a bone spur.


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