Polanco heads to 7-day concussion DL
MIAMI — The Marlins on Monday placed Placido Polanco on the seven-day concussion disabled list three days after he was drilled on the helmet by a pitch.
Replacing Polanco is Gil Velazquez, who had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans. To free up 40-man roster space, Marcell Ozuna was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
In the eighth inning on Friday night against the Giants, Polanco was plunked on the left side of his helmet by Santiago Casillas’ 94 mph fastball.
On Saturday, Polanco was upbeat and said he was feeling substantially better. He didn’t have a headache, but he admitted to feeling a little dizzy.
Polanco, 38, has split playing time at third base with Ed Lucas.
In 91 games, Polanco is batting .253.
Velazquez, 32, will be making his second stint with the Marlins. A year ago, the utility infielder appeared in 19 games with Miami in the second half.
Velazquez is batting .275 in 67 with New Orleans.
Ozuna is out for the season after undergoing surgery to his left thumb.
— Joe Frisaro