The discomfort in his lower back from a bulging disc is lingering, so he approached the Phillies' training staff Monday at Wrigley Field and told them he would like a cortisone injection to speed up the recovery process. That is significant because Polanco had been reluctant to take a shot after he had four last year: three in his right elbow and one in his back in the postseason.
He said he could get the shot Thursday.
"I was trying to avoid the shot," he said inside the cramped visitor's clubhouse. "But I was the one that came up to them and told them, 'This keeps bothering me. Let's just go ahead and go with the second option.'"
Polanco is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, but clearly that will not happen. He said he felt OK after swinging a bat Friday in New York but hasn't felt good since.