PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 14: Placido Polanco #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates a two run home run and his 2000th hits of his career during the game against the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park on May 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 5-1. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed infielder Palcido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 23) with lower back inflammation, the team announced today (via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com). The team will make a corresponding move on Friday.
INF Placido Polanco placed on the 15-day DL today with lower back inflammation (retroactive to July 23). Replacement to come Friday.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 26, 2012
With Polanco out, Ty Wigginton will serve as the team's everyday starting third baseman. Wigginton is an upgrade at the plate this year, but he's brutal defensively. Polanco's injury also handicaps the team from moving Wigginton at the trade deadline.
The 36-year-old Polanco is having the worst season of his career, hitting just .255/.300/.328 in 314 plate appearances this season. He will likely be bought out for $1 million of his $5.5 million mutual option for next season, but is still owed the remainder of his $6.25 million this season.