Statement from Phillies on Chase Utley

Phillies team physician Michael Ciccotti issued the following statement regarding Chase Utley‘s health status:

“Chase has had mild patellar tendinitis and chondromalacia in the past that have previously resolved quickly. His symptoms returned during his off-season workouts, and he developed some anterior knee pain consistent with his prior history. When he reported to spring training this year, his knee was treated as it had been in the past, however his symptoms continued. An MRI was obtained that demonstrated his prior tendinitis, chondromalacia, and bone inflammation. His chondromalacia symptoms persisted in spite of focused non-operative care, including a cortisone injection. A subsequent cartilage-specific MRI was obtained confirming the initial diagnosis. Continued non-operative treatment is being carried out and additional opinions will be obtained.”


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Nice of them to release a statement, but can we get something substantial? C’mon Philsssss!

That statement spells “DL”.

That statement spells “DL”.

Colin, what do you want them to say? Should they let everyone know that they are highly concerned? Then they’ll get raked over if a trade is needed because all the other teams will know they’re desperate. In Ruben we trust.

True Joe and I totally agree, don’t get me wrong. What I’d like to hear though is their plan for when he’s not in, because as buckmandrew stated, that statement absolutely spells DL. So what’s the plan??

We don’t need to know the plan; we just want to hear the plan. Standard public curiosity. I’m sure everyone in the organization is mulling this over and considering every potential option for every scenario. Unfortunately, in this instant-information age, we can’t tolerate not knowing. In fact we think it’s our right to know. Okay, I’m getting down from my soapbox.

Chase will still probably get voted onto the All Star team even if he doesn’t even play a game before the voting deadline expires…

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