Not A Shocker: Utley Expected to Open Season on DL
Do the math and it is obvious he will open the season on the disabled list.
Ruben Amaro Jr. essentially said so before today’s game against the Twins at Bright House Field.
“I would think so,” said Amaro, asked if he expects Utley to open the season on the DL. “We haven’t seen him on the field yet and we’re a week away. It’s likely he’s not going to be making our club, at least not right now.”
Amaro said Utley will accompany the team to Philadelphia on Monday.
Is he improving?
“Nothing new,” Amaro said. “I think he feels better. We’ll see. It’s kind of a long term process. It’s not going to happen overnight.”
Utley has not said much about his chronic knee pain since March 9, although he said last week he is “moving in the right direction.”
My guess? And this is just a guess based on the fact he has been off the knee since last month and has seen little improvement – there are no indications he is close to running or taking fielding practice anytime soon – Utley returns sometime in June. But if there’s one player who could surprise it’s Utley.