More Testing for Utley, Polanco
No timetable to return for Chase Utley and Placido Polanco, but here’s what we know:
Polanco and Utley are getting further evaluations for their injured left elbow and sprained right thumb, respectively. Polanco saw orthopedist Steven Cohen yesterday in Philadelphia. He’s getting a second opinion tomorrow from orthopedist David Altchek in New York. Utley is seeing hand specialist Randall Culp today. He is going to get a second opinion tomorrow in New York from hand specialist Andrew Weiland.
The Phillies said they hope to have more definitive information tomorrow, when the team is in Pittsburgh.
J.A. Happ made a rehab appearance last night with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He will throw a bullpen session tomorrow in Pittsburgh, where he will be evaluated. He likely will make another rehab start. Happ’s rehab ends July 7, so the Phillies will have to make a decision on him soon.
If they determine he is not ready for the big leagues, they could apply for a rehab extension. Pitchers have 30 days to rehab an injury once they make their first rehab appearance. Happ also has options. They could option him to Lehigh Valley if they can’t get an extension.