He’s not running, and he’s not doing anything in the way of lateral motion, as the Phillies don’t want to put any strain on his knee.
The Phils without Utley have an offense not much better than the Braves of last April. Their bench (Wilson Valdez, anyone?) is weak, and highly regarded rookie Dominic Brown’s broken hand will not only cost him games but valuable development time.
Not that I’m getting cocky or anything. We saw some pretty pedestrian offensive teams win division after division thanks to a Hall of Fame rotation, and Philly’s starting four all but guarantee contention.
- Philadelphia Phillies: Injury Concerns Shine Light on Biggest Weakness (bleacherreport.com)
- 2011 Philadelphia Phillies: Do They Have the Depth to Weather the Injury Storm? (bleacherreport.com)