ST. LOUIS -- Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco left during the eighth inning of Tuesday's 10-2 win over St. Louis with a contusion on his left pinky finger but expects to be ready to play on Wednesday. Polanco exited the game after being hit by a pitch from Cardinals reliever Jason Motte during the Phillies' nine-run eighth. Polanco did get the game-tying RBI on the hit-by-pitch, though, which made the pain a little more tolerable, he said. X-rays on Polanco's hand were negative, and manager Charlie Manuel said the two-time Gold Glove Award winner's status for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning.
"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Manuel said. "Nothing's broken according to the X-rays. No fracture." Polanco, who is hitting .291 with four home runs and 39 RBIs in 71 games this season, was in the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' lineup for the seventh time this season Tuesday, as Manuel is searching for a way to get his third baseman going at the plate. Polanco began the year in the No. 2 hole and is hitting .359 with a .409 on-base percentage in 33 starts when he bats second. Conversely, Polanco is hitting under .130 when he bats fifth, which is why Manuel considered batting Polanco second and moving center fielder Shane Victorino into the No. 5 spot. "I thought about that today," Manuel said. "Victorino has been hitting good there. Victorino is definitely a stronger No. 5 hitter as far as extra-base hits and things." But the skipper decided against the move because he likes what Victorino brings to the running game. "Just speed at the top, we can get more things going," Manuel said. "We can steal more bases, get guys in scoring position." In years past, Manuel had a clear No. 5 hitter, be it Pat Burrell or Jayson Werth. But this season, the skipper has used seven different players in the No. 5 spot. "We'll kind of have to work it around," Manuel said.