Placido Polanco will be activated from the disabled list Monday after nearly spending nearly a month sidelined by a back inflammation. Hector Luna will be optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to accommodate the move.
Polanco is scheduled to play five or six innings at third base on Wednesday. On Friday, he will be the team's designated hitter and try to play nearly a complete game at third base on Saturday. When Polanco is activated from the disabled list returns to the Phillies lineup, he is expected to split time with Kevin Frandsen.
On the season, Polanco is hitting .255/.300/.328 with two home runs, 15 doubles, 17 walks and 19 RBI in 82 games.
Polanco has missed the last three games, and the move to the disabled list is retroactive to July 23. In an interview with Bob Brookover of Philly.com, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that the back injury Polanco picked up is the same type of injury that forced him to miss a majority of the 2011 season.
Placido has appeared in 82 games this year, batting .255 with two home runs and 19 RBI.
A replacement for Polanco for the active roster has not been chosen at this time, although Michael Martinez looks like a possible candidate to be recalled.