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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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Ruiz Diagnosed With Oblique Strain

Carlos Ruiz will miss the next couple of games with what looks to be a strained left oblique.

To give the Phillies some insurance at catcher they called up Erik Kratz from AAA and sent back down B.J. Rosenberg.

Matt Gelb added about the severity of the injury: “They say a player knows his body best. Ruiz missed 21 days in 2009 with oblique strain. Says this isn’t similar. Spraying line drives in BP.”

According to Gelb, Ruiz is taking some batting practice today, but there has also been some discrepancy between the front office and coaching staff as far as handling injuries.

Whatever the case, it’s a just another blow the Phillies have to absorb in a nightmarish first half.

Phillies Could Play With Short Bench Tonight

The Phillies bench could be a little short tonight.

Carlos Ruiz, Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton have all been left out of the lineup tonight and may not be available for the game tonight.

All three have minor injuries and could get some rest time. Ruiz jammed his hand, Wigginton has soreness in his side and Nix has a sore hip.

Only Wigginton could pinch-hit tonight.

Injury Updates: Herndon, Thome, Utley

The Phillies had recently put David Herndon on the DL yesterday. Today he was diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.

Herndon will be shelved for three weeks. Surgery isn’t in his immediate future but that could change if his elbow doesn’t get any better in that time.

He is currently on the 15-day DL.

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Howard cleared to shed boot

The boot is off and the Big Piece is free.

A cheery Ryan Howard spoke to reporters today, cracking a few jokes. It’s a bright and sunshiny like atmosphere in Clearwater despite the dark cloud of injuries that has loomed the past week.

“This new invention called a left shoe. It’s nice,” Howard joked.

Howard is going to look at that walking boot every day and use it as a reminder of how far he needs to go to get back to being one of the best hitting first basemen in baseball.

“I’m going to keep it for a while,” Howard said of the walking boot, which he keeps in front of his locker. “Maybe burn it.”

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2012: A career defining season for Chase Utley

When Chase Utley broke into the majors, he was an instant hit.

In fact, it was a hit that first enamored him to Phillies fans everywhere. In just the second game of his career, during only his 3rd Major League at bat, Utley recorded his first career hit when he blasted an Aaron Cook offering over the right field fence for a grand slam. I’m sure many of you recall this:

It was love at first site as Utley skyrocketed into stardom.

Phillies fans weren’t the only ones that took notice. All around the MLB, Chase’s astute work ethic, hard-nosed play and 5-Tool skill set catapulted onto the national stage.

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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”:

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Pregame notes 8.20.11

CUST, HEILMAN RELEASED — Through the course of the season, the Phils added pitcher Aaron Heilman and hitter Jack Cust to their minor league roster. Well as of today, both players were released. Cust’s stint with the Phils organization lasted about two weeks.

On a side note, Matt Gelb re-hashed a nice little piece written by Bob Brookover on Brandon Moss Gelb tweeted that Moss would possibly being a good September call-up. Moss is enjoying a solid season with AAA Lehigh, hitting .269 woth 22 homers and 74 RBIs.

HAMELS, POLANCO UPDATE — Some good news came out on the injury front today.

Cole Hamels threw a very light bull session today and felt fine. He said he will be able to make his scheduled start next Friday. Hamels’ spot in the order was being skipped this weekend in Washington.

As for Placido Polanco, he said his sports hernia is feeling much better and he will be able to come off the DL on Monday.