But they got a scare Tuesday when Placido Polanco left a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays in the second inning at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium because of a hyperextended left elbow. Polanco injured the elbow on a swing in the first inning.
Polanco had surgery on the same elbow Oct. 29 to remove bone fragments and repair the extensor tendon.
"It's right where I had the surgery, but it's nothing bad," Polanco said. "I've had it before. I've had it a million times. But the fact that I had surgery in that elbow, we're being safe. We're playing it very safe. We'll see how it feels [Wednesday] and the next day, take it a day at a time."
Polanco said he does not think Tuesday's injury is related to his surgery.
"Probably not," he said. "It's right on the same spot, but it didn't make it any worse. What I had there is gone. But you have to remember every time they open you and you have surgery, it's not the same. But hopefully with a couple of days off, anti-inflammatories and ice, I should be back."
Polanco is uncertain when he could return to Grapefruit League games.
"It's just a day-to-day thing, I think," he said. "When I've had it before, I never stopped playing. But since I had surgery, they took me out."
The Phils already are without second baseman Chase Utley, who is sidelined indefinitely with right knee pain.
"I'm not worried about mine, because I know how I feel," Polanco said. "Talking to the trainers and the doctor, it seems like I'm going to be back soon. Chase is the one that worries me, but he seems to be getting better slowly but surely."