Polanco day to day with left knee discomfort
MINNEAPOLIS -- Hot-hitting Gregory Polanco had to be removed in the middle of Wednesday afternoon's 10-4 win over the Twins, complaining of "discomfort in the left knee."
Polanco has been icing the knee after games for a while now, but he had not previously had to leave a game due to discomfort in the joint.
"I actually think he might have aggravated it late [Tuesday] night, on a play near the wall," manager Clint Hurdle said. "And he just couldn't get loose today. We didn't feel it made any sense for him to push it. He'll get treated and we'll see where we are [Thursday, when the Bucs open a four-game series in Cincinnati]."
Polanco exited as the game went to the bottom of the fourth inning, after going 0-for-2. He had contributed to the final out of the bottom of the third, fielding Miguel Sano's RBI single and firing hard to the cutoff man to initiate a successful rundown of Cano.
Jaff Decker, also a lefty hitter, replaced Polanco in right and went 0-for-2 while drawing a walk and scoring a run in the middle of the Bucs' five-run sixth inning.
Polanco's shortened day ended his streak of successfully reaching base at 18 straight games. He had sparked the Bucs' 8-7 victory on Tuesday night with a bases-clearing eighth-inning double.