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Utley underwent MRI on right knee Saturday

Feb 27, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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From Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly comes word that second baseman Chase Utley underwent an MRI on his right knee Saturday.

The test showed no structural damage, but Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and won’t play in the Phillies’ first handful of Grapefruit League games.

The Phillies are also going to limit the amount of running and fielding drills that he participates in for the next week, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Utley, 32, played in only 115 games last season, but that was because of a thumb injury. This new knee issue should blow over with several days of rest and rehab. He was not administered a cortisone or lubricant shot and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. didn’t sound all that concerned when he addressed the matter on Sunday morning in camp.

  1. macjacmccoy - Feb 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    I guess it wasnt general soreness.

  2. mikedi33 - Feb 27, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    David Murphy points out Davey Lopes said Chase had this knee injury last year and every one denied it. So this something he has been fighting for awhile.

  3. zackd2 - Feb 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    The Phillies only have 1 everyday player and SP under the age of 30 (Brown & Hamels).

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Feb 27, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    does anyone know what shampoo Utley prefers, his hair is wonderful…..
    i love how it shines in the sun, does he have highlights? ‘
    i can imagine how glitters in the florida sun…….

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      Yes.

  5. Jonny 5 - Feb 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    He’s actually floating in that picture. He learned that one after he nailed that walking on water thing.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 27, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    This is not a good sign at all. The over/under on # of games Valdez starts is getting closer and closer to triple digits. Not good.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      He’ll be fine. He’ll stick it out as long as he is needed. I’m not worried.

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