Gregory Polanco was removed from this afternoon’s game in Minnesota due to discomfort in his left knee. He was replaced in right field by Jaff Decker in the fourth inning.
In the top of the third, Polanco hit a ground ball to the first baseman and went to second on an error by Ervin Santana, who could not handle the ball covering first base. As he made his typical long strides towards first, he appeared to begin limping, and the limping only got worse as he rounded the base and going into second.
Clint Hurdle spoke to the media in Minnesota after the game.
“I think he actually might of aggravated it a little bit last night with the play he made to the wall,” Hurdle said, “not hitting the wall, but I think the route he had to take to get to the wall. He had trouble getting it loose today, so rather than him pushing, we got him out right away. We’ll re-evaluate again tomorrow.”
I spoke with Polanco this past Sunday after the Pirates home win against Washington. He had his knee heavily wrapped after the game, and I asked him how it was feeling then. At that time, he was limping some, but he said that his knee did not feel too bad.
“It’s a lot better,” Polanco said, “but I have to keep icing it, because if it’s getting better, I have to take care of it. There’s no swelling. It was a little bit sore, but I just have to take care of it.”
Obviously, Polanco has been dealing with knee pain for some time now, and all signs point to him re-aggravating an old injury. We will provide any new information as it becomes available.