I take no joy from this. Utley plays the game hard and is a helluva talent.
“It’s not good,” said Jimmy Rollins of his longtime double play partner’s injury. “We haven’t seen him at all, and he’s highly unlikely to make the start of the season.”
What isn’t being said yet is that it may go well beyond that. Utley was diagnosed with patellar tendinitis, and while no structural damage was found in the MRI, the pain persists. The Phillies recently announced he also has chrondomalacia and bone inflammation in the knee but still seem a bit perplexed that it hasn’t calmed down as it has in the past. New medical opinions are being sought. A cortisone shot a week ago is said to have produced only “minimal improvement.”