Placido Polanco did not play in Monday's win over the Brewers because of stiffness in his lower back, and with the severity of the injury unclear, he could miss Tuesday's game as well. The stiffness had bothered Polanco for a few days, and he was scheduled to see team physician Michael Ciccotti. Polanco is 36 and went on the disabled list last season with lower back inflammation. This year, he hasn't gone on the DL, but he's missed time with wrist and ankle injuries. "The last couple years, it's been tough for him to stay on the field," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Polly used to be a guy that was set on playing every day. I'm sure when he's hurting and he can't play, it bothers him." Polanco, who is hitting .255 with two home runs and 19 RBIs on the season, has had a rough go of it, going 6-for-49 (.122) and one RBI since his last multi-hit game on June 29. "Every now and then when he does hit a ball hard it seems like somebody catches it," Manuel said. "It seems like he's always having to beat something out. He hasn't been getting a lot of hits. At times, he puts the fat part of that bat on the ball still." Brewers: Axford succeeding new role
Although Milwaukee's bullpen blew its 17th save Monday, John Axford might finally be solving his own issues. Axford, who was removed as closer following his sixth blown save on July 16, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday against the Phillies. He didn't surrender a hit after inheriting two baserunners, striking out one. In the four appearances since his last blown save, Axford has allowed just two hits and left all six of his inherited runners stranded. He earned his third win of the season Wednesday and said after that he felt good. "I just tried to escape everything that happened before," Axford said. "Obviously, a short-term memory is a good thing. I tried to work fast and not let anything have an opportunity to creep into my head." Worth noting
Monday's loss dropped the Brewers to 10-20 all time at Citizens Bank Park.