Grim prognosis for Utley

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.”

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3 Comments on Grim prognosis for Utley

  1. Jack Straw // March 19, 2011 at 10:54 am //

    Sucks for Utley, but we lose Chipper every year, for days, weeks, and months at a time. If Chipper plays more games than Utley, we will out-hit the Phillies.

  2. Viva Rufino Linares! // March 20, 2011 at 7:07 am //

    Howard is declining, Rollins will go on the DL at some point. Without Utley, they’re in trouble. They may be able to pitch, but they won’t score enough.

  3. rankin' rob // March 20, 2011 at 11:05 am //

    Die, Phillies, Die!

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