He is scheduled to play nine innings Friday. He could be back in the Phillies lineup before the end of the weekend.
Polanco has been on the disabled list since July 4 because of lower back inflammation. Whenever he returns, the Phillies will need to make a roster move to put him back on the 25-man roster. Manuel said he believes the Phillies need to keep their reserve infielders -- Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez -- because "when I look at our infield situation, it seems like we always have somebody hurt. More than likely we'll keep the insurance around."