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Wed, 22 May 2013 09:57:54 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (rib cage) will have an MRI following his absence from the club's game on Tuesday, May 21. He was scratched after he felt pain and a burning sensation in the area following a swing during batting practice. Utley won't play on Wednesday, May 22. It sounds as if the test will take place on Thursday, May 23. If he lands on the disabled list, then Freddy Galvis would fill in at second base, and the club would probably recall INF Cesar Hernandez or 1B/OF Darin Ruf.
Fantasy Tip: This doesn't sound like a major injury, but a DL stint, one that could require more than the minimum stay, seems more than likely. Generally, teams don't like to mess around with these kinds of upper-body injuries because of how easily they're aggravated. It's a temporary setback to what has been a nice rebound for Utley, but it's something folks can deal with. Galvis would have value in deep mixed leagues in the interim.
Tue, 21 May 2013 15:59:49 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (side) has been scratched Tuesday, May 21, because of right side discomfort.
Fantasy Tip: Freddy Galvis will start in his place tonight and probably for however long Utley needs to sit. Galvis is primarily NL-only fodder but could serve as a desperation play in deep mixed games if this lingers.
Fri, 03 May 2013 13:41:27 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies have given other teams the idea that they won't come close to considering a fire sale for at least another two months, but when that time comes and if they do become sellers, 2B Chase Utley might be coveted by many teams. The Phillies have given the impression that they will go to Utley first to see if he wants to go elsewhere. He is in the last year of his contract and can block trades to 21 teams.
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:51:19 -0700
Although he's been able to stay on the field after missing each of the last two springs with chronic knee pain, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley is hitting .179 (5-for-28) with a double, a home run, six strikeouts and six walks.
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:07:50 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, Feb. 26, due to the wet field conditions in camp. INF Kevin Frandsen started in place of Utley.
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:54:39 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said 2B Chase Utley (knees) likely will play in the team's intrasquad game Friday, Feb. 22, as well as their first spring training camp Saturday, Feb. 23. Manuel said Utley probably would sit out the team's game Sunday, Feb. 24. Utley has not played in a spring training game since 2010 because his knee injuries.
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:45:28 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knees) said his knees are feeling good this spring and he plans to play in Grapefruit League games this month. "I feel pretty (darn) good right now," he said. "I think I trained a little more differently. I trained to play baseball, not just to take pressure off my knees. So it's worked. It's given me strength in my legs, which I can already feel a difference taking ground balls, swinging the bat. There is something there, where in the last few years there hasn't been." Utley performed baseball activities throughout the offseason and fielded groundballs a week following the season, fielding anywhere from 50 to 80 balls a couple times a week for roughly six weeks.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:00:15 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he has positive reports on 2B Chase Utley's (knee) conditioning. Utley has been doing baseball activities five days a week. "Chase is doing very, very well," Amaro said. "Scott has been with him the last couple of days and he says Chase looks great and is feeling great. We hope it continues."
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:16:29 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said 2B Chase Utley (knees) should be 100 percent when spring training begins. Utley has been field groundballs several times a week. Trainer Scott Sheridan will evaluate Utley's progress in person next week.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 23:29:26 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee), who has had knee issues each of the past two offseasons, is cautiously optimistic he can return to full-time duty in 2013. "He's taking ground balls pretty much every other day," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He didn't take a whole lot of time off. One of the things I think we've all learned, including Chase, that it probably behooved him to continue to work and do things to be able to keep his joints going, keep his knees going. He's actually done very well."