Utley Injures Thumb
Chase Utley said a couple weeks ago an injury is an injury only if it keeps him off the field.
Well, Utley could not take the field in the ninth inning tonight night in a 7-3 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He injured his right thumb sliding into second base, trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth inning. He remained in the game until the ninth inning when he had difficulty gripping the bat. Juan Castro pinch-hit for him.
How serious is it? The Phillies said they will know more tomorrow after Utley has a MRI.
“But for him to leave a game … that’s the last guy that’s going to take himself out of a game,” Shane Victorino said. “He’s obviously hurting. I hope he’s not seriously hurt.”
Utley has been on the disabled list just once in his career: 2007, when a pitch broke his right wrist, forcing him to miss a month of the season. He played through a hip injury in 2008, which required surgery less than a month following the World Series. Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes caused a stir earlier this month when he told Baseball Prospectus that Utley had been playing on an injured right knee. Utley, who loathes questions about injuries, said he was not hurt.
In fact, Utley has hit .395 (15-for-38) with one double, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs in 10 games since he told everybody his knee, while admittedly sore on occasion, wasn’t bothering him enough to keep him from the lineup.
Utley certainly could show up at the ballpark tomorrow and say it is nothing serious. The Phillies could use the break. Jimmy Rollins, Brad Lidge, Joe Blanton, J.C. Romero, J.A. Happ, Ryan Madson, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Durbin and Antonio Bastardo each have been on the disabled list this season. Placido Polanco and Juan Castro also have missed time, but have avoided the DL.
“Hopefully it’s not a big injury, but we’ve kind of been bitten by that bug a little bit,” Ryan Howard said. “This entire year guys are banged up. We’ve got to find a way to try to weather the storm and make it into the All-Star break and get a couple days to kind of relax and rejuvenate the spirits and the soul.”