Polanco leaves with bruised left elbow

Polanco leaves with bruised left elbow

ATLANTA -- Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco bruised his left elbow Wednesday night against the Braves at Turner Field, but said he does not expect to miss much time.

Atlanta right-hander Tim Hudson hit Polanco with a pitch in the first inning. Polanco remained in the game until Wilson Valdez pinch-hit for him in the seventh. Polanco said X-rays revealed no fracture.

"It's stiff now; weak, sore," Polanco said.

Polanco said he will not know if he can play in Thursday night's series finale until he arrives at the ballpark.

"It might be a day," Polanco said.

But one game missed is better than two or three weeks missed, right?

"Of course, without a doubt," Polanco said. "But zero days is better than one."