PHILADELPHIA -- After waking up with pain in Milwaukee three weeks ago, Kevin Frandsen gutted it out as long as he could.
He played pretty well, too.
An MRI on Saturday revealed Frandsen had a stress fracture in his left fibula, something that built up over time. He says it's a "day-by-day thing," but he did not start the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Rockies. He will be reevaluated before Monday's series opener against the Marlins, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said on Saturday.
"It all depends on how much I can play through," Frandsen said before Sunday's afternoon game.
Since his promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 27, Frandsen has recorded multihit games in 12 of his 33 starts at third base. Overall, he's hitting .336 with three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs. His 37 hits in August tied for third-most in the National League.
His absence, coupled with Placido Polanco's season-ending back injury, leaves the Phillies thin at third base. Utility infielder Michael Martinez started at the hot corner for the second straight game in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Pete Orr, a September call-up from Lehigh Valley, is another option at the position.
"I just didn't feel like I was going to help the team at all," Frandsen said. "That's the main thing for me. It's not about myself. It's about we're trying to get something going. And if I'm going to be a hindrance to the team, then that's not going to be the right thing. When I'm ready to go and they're wanting me to play, then I'm ready to go."