MIAMI -- Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 23 with inflammation in his lower back. He took batting practice Sunday and is getting closer to beginning a rehab assignment.
But whenever that happens and whenever Polanco returns, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said it is unlikely Polanco will be an everyday player for the remainder of the season. Part of that has to do with Polanco's ability to stay healthy, but part has to do with the way Kevin Frandsen has played lately.
Frandsen was hitting .326 (15-for-46) with one double, one home run and two RBIs in his previous 13 games entering Monday.
"We definitely need him back," Manuel said. "He's a good defensive player."