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Chase Utley hurt himself

Jun 29, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

The Braves aren’t the only team dealing with a thumb injury to a
superstar: Chase Utley jammed his thumb sliding into second in last
night’s game and had to leave the game.

We’re still not sure how
bad his problem is — he’ll have an MRI today — but any lost time for
him would obviously be a big blow.  And not just on the field.
Psychologically too, if Matt Gleb’s article about it in the Inquirer is any
indication. All of the Phillies players seemed rather shell shocked
that Utley — who plays through injuries all the time — actually had to
leave this game.

  1. nps6724 - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Both Heyward and Utley are examples of why guys should stop sliding headfirst into bases. And IIRC, back in 2001 Raphael Furcal tore his shoulder up and missed most of the season doing the same.

  2. bbeer - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    It’s just part of the game…guys beat out/dodge tags sliding headfirst all the time that they wouldn’t normally be safe on sliding feet first. Players aren’t gonna stop sliding headfirst because of a guy here and a guy there gets hurt.
    Hell, i tore three ligaments in my ankle because i slid feet first into home. lesson learned, headfirst into home=better decision.

  3. InnocentBystander - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    BTW, there was a great breakdown of this play by Bobby Valentine on Baseball Tonight last night. Utley may have been able to avoid injury. He may have been able to make the play not close and therefore not need to slide. The summary of the analysis by Bobby V was that Utley adds too many extra steps. As soon as he hits the ball he starts running more towards the mound than towards First. Probably added an extra 1.5~2 steps. Then he rounded First so wide that he came to Second as if he was running in from Right Field. Maybe added another step or two. On what was a bang-bang play that caused injury, Utley may have been able to go in standing up it he could learn to run in a straight line.

  4. Jonny5 - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    What really stinks is he was called out. It wasn’t his finest moment.

  5. Jonny5 - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Bobby couldn’t have possibly seen that play due to the glare from his teeth.

  6. Utley's hair - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Maybe the team can use this as motivation to keep the bats hot. Maybe Chase saw the kind of game the Phightins were playing, and figured they wouldn’t be able to come back, so why not take an inning off.

    Now all Cholly has to do is move Polly to second from third and…oh, crap.

  7. nps6724 - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    It’s pretty well-known you are less likely to get injured by sliding feet-first. Sliding head-first at home is a different story; there’s a lot more room to maneuver compared to the other 3 bases and there’s no base to jam into. It’s also easier to avoid contact with the catcher sliding head-first due to it being much easier to move around (not to mention you only have to touch the plate instead of maintain contact with it). The major problem with sliding into bases head-first is how hard the edges of the bases are.

    It may be part of the game, but it’s not very smart on the runner’s part. The same with sliding into 1st base; it’s common knowledge that it only slows you down, but guys continue to do it. Neither is a good idea.

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