Polanco says he's done for year; Tigers hope not

DETROIT -- Just when the Detroit Tigers were hoping to have
Placido Polanco back in the lineup, the second baseman said his
season is over.

"I'm out for the year," Polanco said after the Tigers lost to
Baltimore 12-8 on Sunday.

Polanco was put on the disabled list on Aug. 16 with a separated
left shoulder after making a tumbling catch at Boston.

He was expected to be out four to six weeks and was hurt five
weeks ago on Tuesday.

Polanco recently started to hit and was sore after batting
practice Saturday, Leyland said, and did not hit before Sunday's

If Polanco is out for the season -- and not just reacting
emotionally to a possible setback -- it would be a blow to the
slumping Tigers.

Since leading the AL Central by 10 games after play on Aug. 7,
Detroit has lost 24 of 37 games and seen its lead over Minnesota
shrink to only a game.

Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said Polanco still has day-to-day
status, according to team spokesman Rick Thompson.

Manager Jim Leyland has called Polanco "a manager's dream."

He is one of Detroit's best players in the field and at the
plate, where he ranks among AL leaders with a .374 batting average
with runners in scoring position.

Polanco, a contact hitter on a free-swinging team, is hitting
.294 with 44 RBI and 17 doubles in 103 games.

"If [Polanco] can't play, he's hurt," Tigers closer Todd Jones
said. "He must be worse off than we all thought. We thought he
would be ready for Chicago."

The Tigers open a three-game series Monday on the road against
the third-place White Sox.