Polanco leaves game as precaution
Ramon Santiago pinch-hit in the eighth inning Saturday for Placido Polanco, who left the game as a precaution when his left leg stiffened up. But both Polanco and manager Jim Leyland said after the game that it’s nothing to worry about.
Polanco took a Seth McClung pitch off his left quadriceps in the sixth. He stayed in the game and came around to score on Marcus Thames’ single two batters later, then played two more innings in the field.
The quad didn’t immediately stiffen up, Polanco said, but just got progressively sore.
“It got a little tight — nothing major, nothing bad at all,” Polanco said. “It’s just sore, and I don’t want it to get worse. I just didn’t want to be half-stepping out there.”
Manager Jim Leyland said he was already planning to rest Polanco on Sunday in favor of Santiago, which he has done several times on day games before off-days. Combined with Monday’s off-day, that’ll give Polanco two days off before Tuesday’s series opener against the Cubs.