His answer was brief, but the confidence behind it was abundant.
Asked if physically he was prepared for a full season as the Miami Marlins’ everyday third baseman, Placido Polanco said: “Yes, sir.”
Polanco’s one-year, $2.75 million free agent deal sparked questions about whether he was a full or partial solution to the third base vacancy. Due in large part to a back issue, Polanco appeared in just 90 games for the Phillies last season. Now 37, Polanco has seen his games played total drop each of the last three years.
“Everything has been taken care of,” Polanco said. “[My injury] came from an operation I had in 2011 to fix a double sports hernia. I still had problems [in 2012], a lot of scar tissue and that area was weak. I was compensating a lot with my back and other parts of my body. Thank God, all that is in the past and I feel very healthy.
“My [offseason] training has gone very well. I had a couple of years where I didn’t feel as sure, but I’ve done a lot of exercises and I’ve tested all parts of my body. I feel healthy. I don’t even want to talk about it too much because those are bad experiences and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth because you really don’t enjoy the game when you’re injured, and I love the game.”