June 15, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Philadelphia Phillies pinch hitter Placido Polanco (27) heads for first base on a single against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Toronto defeated Philadelphia 3-0. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
Hector Luna was optioned to clear space for Placido Polanco, who will be activated Monday.— Matt Gelb (@magelb) August 19, 2012
To make room on their roster for Polanco, the Phillies have optioned infielder Hector Luna to Triple-A. Polanco has been on the DL since late July due to lower back inflammation.
Prior to hitting the DL, Polanco had hit .255/.300/.328 with fifteen doubles and two home runs over 290 at-bats. The 36-year-old is in the midst of a career-worst season. His contract includes a $5.5 million mutual option for 2013, with a $1 million buyout, but most expect this to be his final year in Philadelphia.
Over sixty-two at-bats for the Phillies, Luna has hit .226/.273/.355 with two doubles and two home runs. The 32-year-old has also hit .291/.338/.453 with eleven doubles and six home runs for the club’s Triple-A affiliate.