Placido Polanco had a brutal division series, managing just two hits in 19 at-bats for a .105 average. It's fairly evident that his sports hernia hampered him throughout the last few months of the season, so it was no surprise when the team announced he'd be having an MRI before most likely going through with off-season surgery.
All NLDS-related post-mortems are depressing, but by far the most depressing was Matt Gelb's "stream of consciousness" report posted to Philly.com. Gelb ponders the notion that the Phillies could have different opening day starters from Game 5 at first, shortstop, third and left field. Ryan Howard's ruptured achilles could cause the slugger to miss the beginning of the 2012 season, and the Phillies have got to have real concerns about Polanco's ability to rebound from the series of injuries that limited his playing time in 2011. Is he still a viable option at third going forward?
Gelb goes on to list the 10 players from the postseason roster that could be wearing a different uniform in 2012:
Free agents (5) - Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Madson, Brian Schneider and Ross Gload
Club option (2) - Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge
Could be non-tendered (3) - Kyle Kendrick, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez
Amazingly, of everyone on that list, back-up infielder (and late, late inning reliever) Valdez is the most likely to return next year. Any way you cut it, the 2012 Phillies are going to be a very different team. Given the craptastic way the 2011 season ended, that's not necessarily a bad thing.