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Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel Says Sitting Kevin Frandsen For Placido Polanco No Easy Choice

Just like everybody else associated with the Philadelphia Phillies, manager Charlie Manuel is having to endure a tough season, including some tough decisions.

Placido Polanco is healthy once again, but his replacement, Kevin Frandsen, has done a nice job at third base for the Phillies in Polanco's absence. So who gets the nod? While Manuel says the decision is a tough one, the managed has decided to go with the veteran Polanco, according to CSN Philly.

In 84 games this season, Polanco has been just average, hitting a pedestrian .261 with only two home runs and 19 RBI. At 36 years old, he's certainly not a big part of the future for the Phillies.

On the other hand, Frandsen has been a revelation since taking over for Polanco, hitting .350, albeit in a small sample size of just 80 at-bats. The 30-year-old has bounced around before landing in Philadelphia this year, playing for the Los Angeles Angels last year and the San Francisco Giants for the previous four campaigns.

Frandsen's career-high batting average prior to this season was .269 back in 2007, when he had 264 at-bats in 109 games.

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