MRI Scheduled for Utley, Won’t Play Tonight

Chase UtleyChase Utley knows he needs to be smart about this.

He felt a burning sensation in his right ribcage taking swings in the batting cage before last night’s game at Marlins Park. He got scratched from the lineup a short time later, will not play in tonight’s series finale against the Marlins and will have a MRI exam tomorrow in Philadelphia.

It seems likely Utley will miss time with a trip to the disabled list a good possibility.

“It definitely scared me a little bit,” he said today. “My first swing I took in BP, I felt something. My second swing, I felt it again. My third swing, I felt it again. After the fourth swing, I realized something wasn’t right. That’s when I told Charlie (Manuel) I have some pain in my side. He told me to go see (head athletic trainer) Scott (Sheridan). He took me out of the game. I think it was a smart thing to do. You want to be careful with these things because they could linger and get worse if you try to play through it. I think we caught it early enough but it’s hard to know until we have some imaging on it.”

Utley said he felt about the same as yesterday, not great, but not terrible.

“It’s kind of in between,” he said.

Utley has spoken with teammates and former teammates who have had similar injuries in the past. Several Phillies pitchers have spent time on the DL in recent seasons because of strained obliques, but so have position players like catcher Carlos Ruiz and former outfielder Jayson Werth. Ruiz spent 23 days on the DL in 2009, while Werth spent 15 days.

“The main thing they said was, ‘Don’t rush back,’” he said. “That’s when you can make it worse and prolong the time you’re out.”

Utley has been one of the team’s few bright spots this season. He is hitting .272 with seven doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 44 games. He has an .814 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, which ranks seventh out of 20 qualifying second basemen in baseball. He has missed much of the previous two seasons because of chronically injured knees, but the knees have not been an issue so far.

“I just hit into a little bad luck,” he said. “I have felt pretty good. Hopefully this is just a small bump in the road.”

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Roy Halladay reported to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., two days ago to begin his rehab following right shoulder surgery. “He’s feeling like he’s got pretty good range of motion, which is a plus,” Amaro said. “I talked to him yesterday. He’s very positive.”

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Mike Adams threw a bullpen session today. He will throw another one Friday in Clearwater, Fla., before pitching in a rehab game Monday with Class A Clearwater. He would be activated Tuesday at the earliest.

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John Lannan is scheduled to throw May 29 to hitters in Clearwater. Amaro said “he is doing very well. He feels good.”

11 Comments

Why do these guys wait days to get tests like MRI’s done? He should have had one done right away.

Not good news. Let’s hope Howard’s knees hold out since if they have to DL Chase (along with Chooch) will really go south fast.

I think they will DL Chase. Which could be interested if we get to Cesar Hernandez up here. Against Boston they will use a DH. Hernandez could play second, Galvis at third and M.Young DH. or they could just bring up Ruf. They have some options.

Typo: I meant the season will really go south fast.

I must say…a burning sensation is never good news, no matter what part of the body it’s in.

Do you carry an MRI machine on you when you travel?

Don’t you think there just might be other MRI machines in Florida?

They don’t have any in Miami?

Marlins traded theirs to the Blue Jays…

lol Good one Steve!

Chase is the only other player, besides Doc, who makes me worry whenever he has an issue because of a track record of playing injured and keeping injuries secret until they have to confess they are hurt. I’m mostly worried about Chase coming back before he should. He’s a gamer and he wants to be out there to help his teammates win, but he often does it at the expense of his own healing. Please make sure Chase is 100% healed before he can even start to rehab….

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