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Placido Polanco Injury Update: Ankle, Not Knee, Reason For Absence

For the last three games, including Sunday's season finale against the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies have been without their third basemen Placido Polanco. Originally, it was thought Polanco was out because of his knee, but the new member of the 2,000-hit club said Sunday it was his ankle giving him issues.

"They keep saying knee. I don’t have anything in my knee," he said. "I have a mild sprained ankle. I don’t know why people keep saying knee."

Polanco, 36, fouled three balls off himself on Monday, the game in which he had his 2,000th career hit. He said after that game he had fouled one off his calf, one off his knee and one off his ankle.

The third basemen said he hopes to return to the lineup on Monday, when Philly begins a three-game series against the visiting Washington Nationals.

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