Utley Leaves Camp To See A SpecialistBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Monday, March 19th, 2012
With Opening Day just several weeks away, it seems less and less likely that the Phillies will have the services of Chase Utley. The second baseman hasn’t appeared in a single game during Spring Training because of chronic tendinitis in right knee, and now he’s leaving camp to be reevaluated by a specialist.
The Phillies insisted for weeks that holding Utley out of games was simply precautionary, but obviously there is much more to the situation than that. The former All-Star has stopped making progress with his rehab, and the team has become concerned enough to send him away from camp for the time being.
“Chase’s rehab process has come to a bit of a plateau. He has made some strides but not enough to take the field. He is headed out of town for a few days to be evaluated by a specialist that has helped athletes overcome his issue. We anticipate that this trip will allow him to build on what he has already done with [athletic trainer] Scott Sheridan in order to get over the hump. He wants more than anything to be on the field with his teammates and we believe that this is a step in that direction.” Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
This news only adds to the growing list of concerns in the Phillies’ infield. It’s clear that even when Utley eventually returns, he won’t ever be the same player who was once capable of 25 homeruns and 90 RBIs. This knee issue isn’t going to go away, and will continue to negatively impact Utley’s power. For the remainder of his career, you can expect to see what you saw from him last year: a batting average between .250 and .270, 10-15 homeruns, and 50 RBIs.
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