Utley Gets Shot in Right Knee

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Chase Utley has patellar tendinitis in his right knee. The Phillies initially prescribed rest and rehab to fix it.

But after a week of that Utley’s condition has not improved, so yesterday he got a cortisone injection. Here is what Utley said before today’s Grapefruit League game against the Pirates at Bright House Field:

How are you feeling?
I’m feeling OK. The past week I’ve been doing a lot of different things to alleviate the pain in my knee. It hasn’t gone as well as I would have liked. Yesterday I had a cortisone shot in my knee to try to get the inflammation out. It’s just kind of a step by step process at this point. The whole goal for me is to try to get this fixed as soon as possible, but also keep it in perspective. I’ve got to keep it right for the long haul as well. I feel like we’re making the right progression. We’ll see how it goes.

Level of concern it’s more than tendinitis?
There’s always concern when you’re not able to play. From everything the MRI and the doctors have been saying, it seems like it can get better. It hasn’t gotten better at this point. That’s why we’ve taken the next step.

Anything on the MRI suggest a structural problem?
Not with what they had to say. I’m not a doctor, but from everything they’ve said it seems like it’s fairly standard, a little wear and tear, nothing crazy. But time will tell. You’ve had this in the past. Ever this bad? Not this long. I’ve had it in terms of pain here and there, but this is kind of lingering a little bit longer than it has in the past. That said, there is a little bit of concern. But I think we’re doing the right things to get it better.

How many at-bats would you need to get ready for the season?
Every year is a little bit different. There’s times when I’ve felt great after 15 at-bats. There’s times where I haven’t felt great after 50 at-bats. That’s kind of up in the air. Obviously I want to get out there as soon as possible, but we also have to look at the big picture as well.

Confident you’ll get on the field here?
I sure hope so. That’s my goal. That’s why I’m showing up every morning at 6:30, try to get this thing better. Hopefully we’re making the right strides.

Still able to take BP encouraging?
I’m able to swing the bat, which is a positive thing. Just kind of pounding on it, running and taking ground balls has irritated it. I guess it could be worse, but it could be better as well.

If it stays like this will you reach a point where you’ll play or will you stay out regardless?
I don’t think at this point I’d be much help to my own team or myself. The goal is to get this better. We still have three weeks left of spring training. There’s probably 190 games left to go in the season, so we’re going to do what’s best for the team and myself.

If the shot isn’t working by the end of the weekend do you know what the next step is?
Those are things we’ll have to discuss at that time, but they said it would take two, three or four days to kick in and see how it goes from there. We’ll know more after three or four days.


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Hopefully the cortisone shot will work! But I also found it encouraging that Chase said, “I don’t think at this point I’d be much help to my own team or myself.” There’s a very fine line between not helping the team, and actually hurting the team, when players go out on the field to try and *play through the pain*.

tendinitis can take a long time to go away. the shot should really help him get over the hump. hope he can be out at least 6-8 weeks to really let the tendinitis resolve. if all he has to do is physical therapy some cardio and rest, I would imagine the problem will resolve. either way, he could probably play through it anyway for a few months.

Chase and the Phillies may want to consider a procedure using platelet rich plasma.


It has helped a lot of top athletes around the world… assuming it’s legal in baseball (it should be)

I say let it take its time. I’d rather see chase out a couple weeks in April then in October.

And … Domonic Brown is having his right hand X-rayed. Expecting a post from Todd in about a half hour.

Brown has a fractured hook of the hamate bone, says Ruben Amaro. These injuries typically require surgery. Out 3 to 6 weeks.

I love scooping Zolecki!

There was a doctor on DNL earlier this week who said that they don’t like shooting up the patellar tendon with cortisone because it can cause it to rupture. This is a last resort.
I think they better start making alternative plans for second base.

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