His return will be welcomed. The Phillies have suffered defensively at third base since he tore some cartilage in his left wrist on a play last Tuesday. Ty Wigginton has committed four errors at third in Polanco's absence, which had Phillies manager Charlie Manuel adjusting his defense for Tuesday's series opener against the Twins at Target Field.
Manuel had Mike Fontenot at third base, Michael Martinez at second base and Wigginton at first base.
"I put them there because I was looking for a good lineup," Manuel said. "I felt like we want people who are going to catch the ball. At the same time, errors are a part of the game. We've been blessed for about the last five or six years where our defense has always been real good. People have always taken it for granted."
Polanco visited hand specialist Randall Culp on Monday in Philadelphia. He rejoined the team in time to take early batting practice on Tuesday.
"He tested it, I told him I felt fine," Polanco said of Culp.
He said he hopes to start on Wednesday. Manuel said Polanco was available to play Tuesday, if needed.