LOS ANGELES -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. certainly could have been bluffing Monday evening at Dodger Stadium.
He said if Placido Polanco's sports hernia requires surgery and he misses a significant period of time, the Phillies will not look outside of the organization for help at third base. He said Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez will man the position through the remainder of the season, even if it includes a deep run into October.
"They will be the ones who will play," he said.
Polanco left Saturday's game in San Francisco because of soreness in his left hip. He flew to Philadelphia on Sunday for a MRI exam on Monday. The results revealed a chronic sports hernia injury. He will receive an injection Tuesday and be evaluated Friday.
He has not yet been placed on the disabled list.
If the shot does not relieve Polanco's discomfort he probably will have surgery. Amaro said surgery would not necessarily end his season.
"Our doctors tell us it could be somewhere between three weeks and a month," Amaro said. "I think we can manage him through it, but we'll find out more Friday."
Amaro said he is hopeful Polanco can play through the injury, much like Raul Ibanez played through it in 2009. Amaro added Polanco's injury does not seem to be nearly as severe as Ibanez's. Ibanez's required offseason surgery.
"It's not an uncommon set of circumstances," Amaro said. "He actually felt much, much better even before he flew out."