Found June 13, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Miami Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco told reporters -- including Joe Morgan and Christina De Nicola of -- that he expects to return to the team's lineup tomorrow when they begin their series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Polanco has been sidelined with lower-back stiffness since exiting Monday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers early. It was initially thought that Polanco suffered the injury when he leaned over Miami's dugout railing in pursuit of a popup off the bat of Carlos Gomez in the fifth inning. He was replaced by pinch-hitter Ed Lucas in the bottom of the sixth frame. During the play, Polanco nearly fell over the railing, but Lucas and catchers Miguel Olivo and Rob Brantly ran to keep him from tumbling. Manager Mike Redmond wasn't aware of the extent of the injury after the game, as Polanco only told him his back had tightened up. Polanco later said that the back had been giving him a problem prior to batting practice on Monday. It didn't loosen up as the game progressed, resulting in his early exit. "Since batting practice, it was just a little tight," Polanco said. "It kept getting worse during the game. Sometimes you swing and it gets loose, but this was getting worse." His back caused Polanco to only suit up for 90 games with the Philadelphia Phillies last season. He's already more than half-way to that total this year, but he hasn't been effective offensively when he's been healthy enough to suit up. The 37-year-old has hit. 227/.286/.256 over 224 plate appearances this season. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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