Jason Beck is reporting that Placido Polanco said he is done for the year. But Jason also points out that the training staff said there has been no decision made. As recently as a couple days ago there was speculation that Polanco may be back for the White Sox series, so this is a peculiar turn of events. It’s entirely possible he aggravated the shoulder. It also seem plausible that he may have required surgery from the beginning, but they tried the rehab route given the pennant race and all.
The conflicting reports aside, this is of course terrible news. As I mentioned earlier, the Tigers have actually gotten more production from the 2nd base position since Polanco’s injury than before it. However, the chances of Infante staying as hot as he is are probably slim. Secondly, it will mean more playing time for Perez. Thirdly, if Carlos Guillen has to miss additional time due to his hamstring, it will make it that much more difficult for the team to absorb.