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Chase Utley given cortisone shot for ailing right knee

Mar 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced this morning that Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee on Friday.

Utley has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee. The Phillies hope Utley sees some improvement over the weekend, but Amaro suggested this morning that “perhaps” there’s something more than tendinitis going on. On the bright side, the 32-year-old second baseman was able to participate in batting practice this morning.

It’s much too early to panic, but could this be the first sign that this season won’t go exactly as planned? As they say, that’s why they play the games.

  1. crankyfrankie - Mar 5, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    OK Philadelphia repeat after me I will not overreact I will not overreact. OK maybe Schmidt could come back and Polanco could move to second. Or maybe we can trade two minor leaguers to Texas for Kinsler or maybe trade Blanton to the Yankees for Cano?

  2. JBerardi - Mar 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Philly fans, do yourselves a favor and avert your eyes from the grim realities of the aging second basemen.

  3. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Mar 5, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    The problem with getting a cortisone shot in spring training is that the total number of shots you can get in anyone season is 2 or 3, after that they becomes less effective. The typically give relieve (they don’t heal) for about 4 to 6 weeks. If you are on shot 4, the time shorts to a few days at best.

    If it is just tendinitis, rest and cortisone shot would be the way to go and see how he feels in early April. If it is more than just tendinitis, then look for another shot in April and the DL by the all star break.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    “It’s much too early to panic, but could this be the first sign that this season won’t go exactly as planned? As they say, that’s why they play the games.”

    Typical Philly hate. What a jag off thing to say.

    • JBerardi - Mar 6, 2011 at 9:49 AM

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecutory_delusions

  5. Jonny 5 - Mar 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    I always wonder how people walk into spring training injured.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      Dammit…Jonny, I replied to you down yonder.

      And I repeat: “Have you seen his wife?”

  6. Utley's Hair - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Have you seen his wife?

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