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Polanco ‘surprised’ by first post-surgery swings


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BRADENTON, Fla. – Gregory Polanco felt some trepidation.

He grabbed a bat and took some swings Monday as the Pirates opened their minicamp at Pirate City. Granted, he was only hitting off a tee, but it still marked his first swings since the ill-fated night of Sept. 7, when he tore the labrum in his left shoulder while making an awkward slide/dive into second base legging out a double against the Marlins at PNC Park.

During his first three cuts, Polanco was hesitant. He was not sure how the shoulder would react after undergoing extensive surgery in October that will likely cause him to start the upcoming season on the disabled list.

However, on the fourth swing, the fear disappeared. The shoulder felt as good as new.

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