Utley Has Tendinitis In His Right Knee
Chase Utley has tendinitis in his right knee, and the Phillies said they will bring him along slowly this spring to ensure he is ready for the season.
They said Utley is not scheduled for a cortisone injection.
Utley said surgery has not been discussed.
Utley is not in the lineup for today’s Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field. He has missed three games, including Thursday’s game against the Florida State Seminoles and yesterday’s game against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Utley had a MRI yesterday. The results showed patellar tendinitis.
“It was bothering him enough and bothering me enough to frankly go ahead a precautionarily do that,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said about the MRI. “It causes some soreness, and rather than really push him early here we’re going to kind of take it easy on him so there aren’t residual effects during the course of the year.”
Is it serious?
“If he continues to aggravate it, it could get more painful,” Amaro said.
Utley said he has had tendinitis in the knee in the past, although it hasn’t gone away as quickly as it has in the past. He said his knee started bothering him again sometime during the offseason. He said he feels no soreness when he hits, but feels it when running and playing defense.
“I think at this point it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Utley said. “I’d rather miss some games here than miss games during the season. It’s something that I’ve dealt with before. It’s something I’m probably going to have to continue to maintain and keep an eye on.”