Bad News on Nix, Stutes and Herndon
Here is what Ruben Amaro Jr. said about his injured players:
- Roy Halladay (strained right latissimus dorsi). Amaro said Halladay “is symptom-free in his throwing program, which is great. It’s a good piece of news.”
- Chase Utley (chondromalacia in left knee). There is a possibility Utley could be back in the Phillies lineup before he exhausts the full 20 days of his rehab assignment. If Utley uses the full 20 days, he would be back no later than July 2. Utley planned to DH on Tuesday with Class A Clearwater. He played second base Monday, and reportedly felt fine afterward.
- Ryan Howard (left Achilles surgery). He is playing in the field during simulated games, even making a diving catch Monday. He also is starting to run the bases. “Hopefully we can get him in a rehab game in the next couple of weeks,” Amaro said.
- Laynce Nix (strained left calf). He suffered a setback Tuesday when he felt a pull in his calf while running the bases. Amaro said Nix is going to have another MRI to see if there is any “real residual damage. He was going pretty good, too. But it’s the kind of stuff that happens sometimes.”
- Mike Stutes (right shoulder inflammation). Stutes visited orthopedist Lewis Yocum on Monday. Yocum, Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti and Mets physican David Altchek are going to confer and see what is next for Stutes. “He hasn’t really progressed as we would have liked,” Amaro said. “There may be a possibility of going in there and do some type of exploratory surgery to see what’s going on in there.”
- David Herndon (right elbow inflammation). He visited orthopedist James Andrews on Monday. On Tuesday, the Phillies expected Herndon would have Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, although the Phillies had not received final word if he had the surgery yet. “It’s a pretty big blow to the kid and to us, obviously,” Amaro said.
- Justin De Fratus (sprained right elbow). He is going to throw off the mound Thursday. “He has been feeling great,” Amaro said.