ATLANTA -- Placido Polanco's back injury is similar to the one that forced him to spend 25 days on the disabled list last season.
The Phillies, however, are optimistic he will not need that much time on the DL this year.
"I think he's getting an epidural today, if he didn't get it already," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday. "By the time he's supposed to come off we think he should be fairly close. We don't think it's a long-term thing. We'll see."
The Phillies selected infielder Kevin Frandsen's contract from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Polanco's place on the roster.