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Placido Polanco


Polanco separated his left shoulder making a diving catch in the seventh inning of Detroit's 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez said on the Tigers' postgame broadcast that Polanco was out for the year. "You don't replace a guy like Polanco," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "This is one of those things that has to be digested. I'll talk to the club about it, but we won't make excuses."


Polanco left Sunday's game against Oakland in the first inning after being hit in the head by a pitch from Esteban Loaiza. The 30-year-old Tigers second baseman walked off the field under his own power after being examined by Detroit trainers. He was replaced by Omar Infante.


On Tuesday, Polanco and the Detroit Tigers came to terms on a four-year, $18.4 million contract extension that locks up the infielder through the 2009 season. Polanco, who was acquired from Philadelphia on June 8, is batting .358 with a .426 on-base percentage in 31 games since joining the Tigers.


The Detroit Tigers activated Polanco from the disabled list Wednesday, and he was inserted into the leadoff spot for Detroit's 9-3 loss to Seattle. He went 3-for-5, scored a run and drove one home at the top of the Tigers' batting order.


Instead of returning to the lineup on Thursday, Polanco went on the disabled list Friday after his left hamstring swelled and proved too painful to play. The Tigers' second baseman has been diagnosed with a partially torn left hamstring tendon. He hasn't played for more than 10 days, so the Tigers were able to make the move retroactive to July 12.


Polanco is expected to return to the Detroit lineup Thursday night, when the Tigers host Minnesota at Comerica Park. The Tigers' second baseman has been out with a strained left hamstring and hasn't played since July 10.


Polanco now has missed six straight games since straining his left hamstring more than a week ago. If he's not ready by Thursday for the start of a five-game series against the Twins, the Tigers might consider putting their second baseman on the disabled list. He is batting .319 with a .386 on-base percentage in 70 games this season.


The left hamstring Polanco strained on Sunday is still giving the Tigers' infielder trouble, and it's possible he may remain out of the Detroit lineup until Monday. Polanco, who is batting .319 with a .386 on-base percentage this season, is day-to-day.


Polanco came out of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after feeling some discomfort in his left leg while running out a grounder in the fourth inning. The Tigers' second baseman has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring tendon, and the team has listed him as day-to-day.


Polanco went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in Tuesday's victory over the Minnesota Twins, marking the ninth time in 10 games he's hit safely since being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month. With the Tigers, the infielder is batting .405 with one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases. He was batting .316 with Philly prior to the trade.


The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Polanco to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for reliever Ugueth Urbina and infielder Ramon Martinez. Splitting time with Chase Utley at second base the majority of this season, Polanco is batting .316 with three home runs and 20 RBI.


Polanco went 3-for-4 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks, belting two home runs, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Over his last six games, the Phillies' infielder is 14-for-25 with a double, two homers and nine RBI. He's improved his batting average by more than 50 points over that span.


Polanco was expected to head into the 2005 regular season as the Phillies' primary backup infielder. However, on Sunday, manager Charlie Manuel announced that the veteran will be the starting second baseman for the team's Opening Day battle with the Washington Nationals. Polanco had a great spring, batting .397 with three home runs and nine RBI in 21 games.

Although Polanco will get the Opening Day nod, Manuel indicated that he likely will split time fairly evenly with Chase Utley at second this season.