PHILADELPHIA -- The numbers are far from eye-popping, but five games is not much of a sample size.
But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he likes what he has seen so far from Placido Polanco, who entered Thursday's series finale against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park hitting .222 (4-for-18) with one RBI, one walk and three strikeouts.
"He's playing better," Manuel said. "He's been swinging pretty good."
The Phils have said they will be careful with Polanco, who has been on the disabled list the past two seasons with left elbow inflammation, lower back inflammation and a sports hernia. But so far, he has held up well.
"We monitored him in Spring Training and we'll keep monitoring him here, too," Manuel said. "I'll definitely watch him. He'll get some time off every now and then, too."