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Chase Utley: I wasn't hurt, but now I'm better

Oct 27, 2009, 9:58 AM EST

I keep saying that the extra days off are annoying, but on the bright side they give ballplayers a chance to mess with beat writers’ heads:

Is there anything wrong with your foot?” I asked Chase Utley yesterday.

“No,” he said.

“Is there anything wrong with your hip?”

“No,” he said.

“Would you tell us if there was?”

“Probably not.”

I wouldn’t tell them either.  Still, given Utley’s erratic play at second in the NLCS, there was a lot of speculation that he is or, at the very least was, in fact hurt.  Speculation that is supported by these kinds of statements from Utley:

“I think the days off right now are pretty special. You don’t have many days off during the regular season. You let your body relax, heal up. It’s a good thing.”

So there’s another silver lining to all of the days off. The injured (or not) Chase Utley is now healed (or not), and healthy ballplayers make for a better series.

At least until A-Rod slides in hard to second base on a would-be 6-4-3 and the throw goes wide . . .

  1. jonny5 - Oct 27, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    “At least until A-Rod slides in hard to second base on a would-be 6-4-3 and the throw goes wide . . .”
    Well Craig, wish in one hand, then poop in the other hand. Then tell me which hand fills up first. ;>)~
    Go Phillies!!!!
    BTW I’d take a “hurt” Utley over 90% of the MLB 2nd baseman while healthy, but that’s just me….

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Oct 27, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    A-Rod slide hard into second? Doubtful, as he could wind up with the 2B’s knee in his face, which would make him less pretty. It wouldn’t increase the number of Fox default shots of him and Jeter staring into space, either.

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