Placido Polanco 3B MIA Mar 22 '79

Placido Polanco left Monday's game in the sixth inning with lower back stiffness.

Polanco was injured when he went over the dugout rail after a foul ball earlier in the game. He can probably safely be considered day-to-day.

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Mar 20 '79

Placido Polanco went 1-for-8 with a run scored in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Polanco made his lone hit count, as he had a one-out single in the 20th inning before scoring the winning run in the marathon victory over the Mets. He had been out the last few games due to the flu.

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Mar 16 '79

Placido Polanco (illness) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.

Polanco has now missed three straight game due to flu-like symptoms. Ed Lucas will continue to replace him at third base.

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Mar 14 '79

Placido Polanco was scratched from Monday's lineup due to illness.

He's expected to return Tuesday. Ed Lucas is filling in at third base.

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Feb 16 '79

Placido Polanco went 0-for-4 as the Marlins' No. 3 hitter in Wednesday's loss.

Polanco has appeared in 13 games as a No. 3 hitter this season and has one extra-base hit and one RBI in 46 at-bats. Overall, he's batting .248/.311/.281 with eight runs scored and six RBI in 121 at-bats. The Marlins may not have much choice to stick with him for now, but hopefully they'll come up with a better third base option in time.

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Jan 29 '79

Placido Polanco had an RBI double in Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Reds.

Polanco has hit third and fourth for the Marlins this season, but he was back in the No. 2 spot on Saturday. That's where he belongs. The 37-year-old is hitting .292 (19-for-65) with four doubles and six RBI through 17 games this season. He's unlikely to hold up over the long-term and doesn't provide much pop from third base, but he's relevant in NL-only and deeper mixed fantasy leagues for now.

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Jan 22 '79

Placido Polanco went 2-for-4 and plated the Marlins' lone run in Friday night's loss to the Phillies.

While it's nearly indefensible that Polanco is serving as the cleanup hitter on a Major League team, he's actually been one of the Marlins' best hitters to this point, hitting .351/.351/.406. He won't contribute much in terms of power or speed, but as long as he's hitting in the middle of the lineup, he certainly has use in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues.

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Jan 09 '791 Comment

Placido Polanco will bat cleanup for the Marlins on Opening Day.

It's pretty laughable, but, sadly, they don't really have any better options. In 1,606 career starts, Polanco has never before hit cleanup. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Miami Marlins!

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Jan 08 '79

Placido Polanco homered twice and drove in five runs as the Marlins beat their Triple-A New Orleans affiliate 7-0 on Saturday.

Polanco hasn't homered twice in a major league game since 2008. We'd be surprised if it happens again this year. Not counting today's exhibition, Polanco hit .300/.317/.375 for the spring. He could alternate between hitting second and fourth in the early going. He was in the two hole today.

Placido Polanco 3B MIA Jan 03 '79

Batting cleanup for the Marlins, Placido Polanco had a double in three at-bats Monday against the Tigers.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond is thinking about using Polanco behind Giancarlo Stanton in the order, figuring that he'd at least make some contact following those occasions on which Stanton gets pitched around. Ideally, Logan Morrison would settle into the spot once he returns from knee surgery.