Playoff Notebook

The Phillies' Polanco sits with back pain

from News Services and Staff Reports
Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Philadelphia Phillies thought they had finally gotten their starting lineup intact following a season full of injuries. But on Wednesday afternoon, hours before taking the field for Game 1 of the first-round series, they found out they would be without Placido Polanco, their third baseman and No. 2 hitter, for at least the first game of the series.

Polanco, suffering soreness in his middle back, was out of the Phillies' lineup in Game 1, replaced at third base by Wilson Valdez and in the No. 2 spot in the lineup by center fielder Shane Victorino.

The Phillies still believe there is a chance Polanco can play in Friday night's Game 2 and were not considering replacing him on their first-round roster - a move that would make him ineligible for the National League Championship Series, if the Phillies advance.

- Dave Sheinin

l RAYS: Ace David Price has won the Warren Spahn Award, recognizing the top left-handed pitcher in the major leagues.

Price trailed Boston's Jon Lester until the final week of the season in the award's point system, which evaluates pitchers based on wins, strikeouts and ERA.

Lester gave up eight runs in his final start of the season against the Chicago White Sox, failing in his bid to become the first Red Sox left-hander in 57 years to win 20 games.

l RANGERS: Texas designated pitcher Rich Harden for assignment and claimed right-hander Ryan Tucker on waivers from Florida. The moves were announced after the Rangers beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in Game 1 of their first-round series.

l PADRES: San Diego claimed infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and designated catcher Chris Stewart for assignment.

l GIANTS: Barry Zito pitched himself out of San Francisco's rotation for the playoffs. As far as making the roster as a reliever, he says he doesn't know where he stands.

Manager Bruce Bochy told Zito on Wednesday he wouldn't start in the best-of-five NL first-round series against the wild-card Atlanta Braves.

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