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Polanco hurts finger on slide

Associated Press / March 18, 2012
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Another injury to an All-Star infielder left Phillies manager Charlie Manuel feeling a bit edgy.

Hector Luna’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Phillies over a Blue Jays split squad, 4-3, in Clearwater, Fla., Saturday.

The game was irrelevant, though. The concern for Manuel was third baseman Placido Polanco, who left the game after injuring his left ring finger diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt. There was no immediate word on the results of Polanco’s X-ray.

The Phillies are already missing Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Howard is recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon and likely will miss at least the first two months. Utley appears closer to returning after missing all of spring so far with a knee injury. He said he’d like to play in a game next week.

The Phillies’ Vance Worley threw four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out three. Worley, who wears glasses because he doesn’t know how to put contact lenses in his eyes, lost the nose piece on his glasses on the mound.

“There was some panic,’’ he said.

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning around two hits.

Quentin out 4-6 weeks

Outfielder Carlos Quentin, expected to be the Padres’ cleanup hitter this season, will be sidelined 4-6 weeks after he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday . . . James Shields struck out seven in six innings and allowed his first earned run of spring training as the Rays beat the Pirates, 2-1, in Bradenton, Fla. Shields had thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings before Andrew McCutchen homered on a fastball in the sixth. Rays outfielder B.J. Upton did not play, three days after colliding with teammate Desmond Jennings during a game. Manager Joe Maddon hopes Upton can play Tuesday . . . Tim Lincecum allowed one run in six innings and Pablo Sandoval homered as the Giants beat the Athletics, 7-2, in Scottsdale, Ariz. . . . Ryan Raburn hit his fifth home run of the spring and Delmon Young homered and doubled, leading the Tigers over the Cardinals, 10-3, in Lakeland, Fla. Prince Fielder went 3 for 3 with a standup triple for Detroit and Young raised his exhibition batting average to .519. . . . Mariano Rivera threw his third consecutive scoreless inning in the Yankees’ 6-3 win over the Astros in Tampa. Rivera needed just eight pitches to extend his spring training stretch of not giving up an earned run to 24 innings. The last earned run that the righthander allowed was on March 15, 2008. After hitting a batter, Rivera got a strikeout and double-play grounder . . . Houston outfielder Jack Cust went 0 for 3 and is hitless in 20 at-bats overall . . . Jake Peavy threw five hitless innings as the White Sox beat the Mariners, 5-0, in Glendale, Ariz.

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