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Placido Polanco will likely receive epidural injection for ailing lower back

Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25: Infielder Placido Polanco #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 25, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Phillies 4-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Jim Salisbury of reports that Placido Polanco will likely receive an epidural injection due to lingering pain from the bulging disc in his lower back.

“The idea was thrown out by the doctors in Philly,” Polanco said late Monday afternoon. “They say they really help. I’ve tried rest and medication. I’m at the point where I think I’ll have the injection. It’s still sore.”

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer, Polanco could receive the shot as soon as Thursday when the team returns home. The 35-year-old third baseman is eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, though he obviously won’t be back any time soon.

Polanco hasn’t played since July 4, but the injury has hampered his production for a number of weeks now. After beginning the season with a .398 batting average in April, he’s batting just .216/.276/.261 with two homers and a .537 OPS since the start of May.