ST. LOUIS -- Over the first two games of the National League Division Series, third baseman Placido Polanco is 0-for-8 with three strikeouts.
Polanco is hitting .265 with three doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs, a .331 on-base percentage and a .311 slugging percentage since rejoining the team on Aug. 22 after spending time on the 15-day disabled list because of a sports hernia, and aftereffects of the injury could be affecting him on the field.
"I think it bothers him some," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's missed time because of it, and I think it plays a part in ... his movement and things. He gets real tight and sore, and I think it definitely bothers him."