Polanco returns to Philly for MRI on left hip

Polanco returns to Philly for MRI on left hip

SAN FRANCISCO -- Placido Polanco left AT&T Park long before Sunday's series finale against the Giants.

He had a flight to catch.

Polanco returned to Philadelphia for an MRI exam scheduled for Monday. Polanco has soreness in his left hip, a problem he said Saturday he has had for a month, but has not received treatment for.

The Phillies' third baseman could land back on the disabled list after being activated July 30 following lower back inflammation. At the very least, Polanco seems unlikely to play in the next three games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Polanco said the injury is unrelated to Giants catcher Eli Whiteside trying to tackle him in Friday's bench-clearing scuffle. The Phillies also said the injury is unrelated to his back problems.