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Chase Utley passes concussion test, cleared to work out

Sep 10, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

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Good news for all you tortured Phillies fans.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, second baseman Chase Utley passed his ImPACT concussion test Saturday with flying colors and has been cleared to resume baseball activities.

Utley was diagnosed with a mild concussion Wednesday after he was struck on the top of his batting helmet by an Eric O’Flaherty pitch.

He’s no longer experiencing concussion-related symptoms, but the first-place Phillies will continue to employ a precautionary strategy. Utley, despite his progress, probably won’t return to the Philadelphia starting lineup until the end of next week. He is scheduled to take another ImPACT test on Monday morning.

The 32-year-old is batting .262/.344/.441 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI through 88 games this season.

  1. mikey1956 - Sep 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    New to this board. What’s with the “tortured Phillies fans” crap.

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      HBT’s passive-aggressive way of baiting Phightins Phans into getting all offended and insecure that the writer laid down a perceived slight. Most of us humor the writers or ignore the comment. Unfortunately, some of us, well, get offended and insecure.

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      By the way, welcome to HBT. Am I to assume by your comment that you’re a Phils Phan? And where do you stand on the CAKE vs. (pie) debate?

      • Drew Silva - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        Hahaha.

      • Utley's Hair - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:18 PM

        Drew, you just wish you were as skillful a master baiter as Craig. ;)

      • Drew Silva - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:19 PM

        Craig is THE master baiter.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:46 PM

        He had better answer “cake”.

      • cur68 - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM

        Really, all Drew has to do is make some passing supportive comment about Aquaman and his life will be sunny. Especially in comparison to Craig’s who I’m sure was posting this AM in the mistaken belief it was Friday because his brain is still fried on nyquil from the cold he got from being soaked by Aquaman’s anger. I for one am fully prepared to show proper respect to our Aquaman Overlords.

    • Bryz - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      As Utley’s Hair said, don’t worry about the Phillies comments. It’s a running joke of sorts between the authors and us readers/commenters. You’ll quickly learn that it’s almost a game to see how far you can get into the comments before someone references the Phightins.

  2. Utley's Hair - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Chase, Chuck and NinJr., don’t come back too soon. Take a few more days—the Phightins don’t necessarily “need” you, per se, for a while, hopefully until the NLDS (not that I’m trying to tempt fate or come off as cocky or overconfident, especially when I’m supposed to be insecure, by definition :P ).

    • paulsdamnblog - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

      Actually, as a Phillies Phan, I have to say its amusing to read the comments and Calcaterras attempts to agitate and bait us into an uproar. Also very glad Utleys okay. The time off is going to be benficial to his knee.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 10, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Like I was saying in the other thread, Michael Martinez sucks. What is the value of being able to play 6 positions, if you can only play one well (3rd base), while sporting .572 OPS?

  4. thephilsabide - Sep 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    He he he…you said master baiter. Hehe…

  5. dailyrev - Sep 11, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    What CC meant to say is what we all feel: this is great news for baseball fans, period. Utley is one of the true professionals of the game, and anyone from any city and of any fandom celebrates his healthy return. To my fellow New Yorkers, for example, I offer the following analogy: Jeter:SS :: Utley:2B

  6. nocryinginbaseball07 - Sep 11, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    As an expatriate Canadian who has lived in South Jersey more than half my life, I understand well the “torture” of being a Philly sports fan. What I do not understand is the much deeper issue of the cake vs. pie debate, although I’ve followed it raptly since finding this board. Does it also heat up in October?

    • cur68 - Sep 11, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      Depends. It was started in the off season by the Axis of Pie. The Allies of Cake wanted no part of this but the unprovoked attack by the Axis’s Master Baiter In Chief could not be allowed to stand. Sides were chosen, turf was contested, battles were fought. The Ice Cream Coalition was formed. Things were said that could not be unsaid (because, of course, we have no EDIT FUNCTION!), and a line was drawn at the desert counter. Now the post season is upon us & we must decide where to devote our energies. We shall just have to wait and see….

      • nocryinginbaseball07 - Sep 11, 2011 at 11:24 AM

        Thank you. I shall ready myself for battle. Leaning toward pie, because I miss the butter tarts of my childhood, but cake makes a good case, and I’m not overly fond of an Axis of any kind. Hmmm. I mean, Mmmm.

  7. phillybilly57 - Sep 11, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Hey Drew, Damn right phila sports fans are tortured,as i once was quoted as saying”never judge a phila spots fan unless you walked a hundred miles in their shoes”. On rare occasions we find the holy grail. Being a sports fan of phila teams is like asking the most beautiful girl in high school to your senior prom and she says yes,you cant believe it. Your going to the big dance. You get there, your all excited, and towards the end of the prom she turns into carrie and all hell breaks out, and just like us tortured fans your left to pick up the pieces.

  8. leftywildcat - Sep 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Cake vs. Pie is a tough decision mainly because Tastykake makes both.

    Also, either makes a great dessert following a cheese steak or a pork roll sandwich, and both go well with a Yuengling.

  9. nocryinginbaseball07 - Sep 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Went to a dinner meeting today. They only served cake. It’s interesting that I was wondering, during this important meeting: “are they serving cake because they actually think it’s better, or because pie wouldn’t lower itself to the status of a mere banquet dessert? Regardless, I ate it.

    • cur68 - Sep 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      And slowly the ugly, pie-loving truth about ‘nocryinginbaseball07′ is revealed….

      • nocryinginbaseball07 - Sep 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

        Oops.

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