- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MIAMI (AP) - Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco was held out of the starting lineup for the second game in a row Wednesday because of a sore back, and he plans to see a specialist when the team returns home for a weekend series against Atlanta.

“We’re going to make sure it’s nothing bad-bad,” he said.

Polanco was chosen to start in the All-Star Game for the second time and said he still expects to play Tuesday in Phoenix. He said his back has been bothering him for about a month, and his average has slipped nearly 50 points since June 1 to .274 entering Wednesday’s game at Florida.

When asked how the injury affected him, Polanco said: “Swinging and bending and moving. I have some numbness, too.”

Manager Charlie Manuel didn’t rule out the possibility that Polanco might go on the disabled list.

“His back is kind of stiff,” Manuel said. “And he hasn’t been hitting good.”

The Phillies have baseball’s best record despite a wave of injuries. Among those on the DL are starters Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton, closer Ryan Madson, and center fielder Shane Victorino, who has been sidelined since Sunday with a sprained right thumb.

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