PHILADELPHIA -- Third baseman Placido Polanco will travel with the Phillies to Miami on Sunday and continue to work out with the team while he works his way back from a back injury.
On the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation since July 23, Polanco has been limited to taking ground balls the last few days. When he is ready, it's reasonable to believe he will likely need at least a brief rehab assignment to get some at-bats under his belt before he returns to the Phillies.
"He has good days and bad days," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He can go three or four days or two or three days, he feels fine. And all of a sudden, he still gets some pain every now and then."
Polanco, a sure-handed fielder, is hitting .255 in 82 games this season. Kevin Frandsen, who started at the hot corner for the 12th straight game on Saturday, has performed well in Polanco's absence. Frandsen entered Saturday's game hitting .342.