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Chase Utley out for start of season, has no timetable

Mar 25, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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Chase Utley provided an update on his left knee condition Sunday in Phillies camp. And while he didn’t go into very much detail, the 33-year-old did acknowledge that he’s not going to be active for the early part of the regular season. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has the goods:

“It’s important to get everything around my knees working correctly,” Utley told a throng of reporters. “And I think it’s going to take a little bit of time. I’m disappointed. I’m upset. I’m not happy that I’m in this situation right now, but I’m not going to let that deter me and get me down. “It’s not bad enough to have microfracture surgery. It’s not bad enough to end my career. It’s an issue I’m going to have to deal with.”

Utley added that he has noticed progress in recent weeks but also said that he can’t map out a specific timetable for his return to major league action. Barring a trade, Freddy Galvis is likely to open the year as the Phillies’ starting second baseman.

Utley, 33, batted .259/.344/.425 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 454 plate appearances last season.

  1. hittfamily - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Anyone who thinks Utley is still a top 10 second baseman needs to remove the backwards Philly hoody so they can see the game. Utley for 100 games and a replacement level player for 62 does not wqual success. There are a lot of really good 2nd baseman in the game, and Utley is no longer one of them.

    • andyp03 - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      As a Phillies fan, I hate to say that I agree, but I do. It’s just hard for us to grasp because it was no more than 3-4 years ago when Utley was considered (arguably) the best second basemen in baseball. Injuries are the absolute worst. Get well Chaser.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      Remove the backwards Philly hoodie??????

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Minimum 400 PA via fWAR:

      Name WAR
      Dustin Pedroia 8
      Ian Kinsler 7.7
      Ben Zobrist 6.6
      Brandon Phillips 6
      Howie Kendrick 5.8
      Robinson Cano 5.6
      Chase Utley 3.9
      Rickie Weeks 3.7
      Danny Espinosa 3.5
      Neil Walker 3
      Omar Infante 2.7
      Dan Uggla 2.5
      Sean Rodriguez 2.3
      Kelly Johnson 2.2
      Jamey Carroll 2.2
      Darwin Barney 2.2
      Maicer Izturis 2
      Jemile Weeks 2
      Orlando Hudson 1.8
      Robert Andino 1.8
      Mark Ellis 1.3
      Ryan Raburn 1.2
      Gordon Beckham 1.1
      Chris Getz 1
      Aaron Hill 0.8
      Aaron Miles 0.8
      Justin Turner 0.8
      Ryan Theriot 0.7
      Skip Schumaker 0.6
      Jeff Keppinger 0.4
      Adam Kennedy 0.1

      Sorry for the shit formatting, but you get the picture. He’s still really good at 100 games played. However, is he going to make it to 100 games played?

      • paperlions - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        More than that…there just are NOT that many good 2B, there are six very good 2B (not including Utley)…then there are a couple of solid guys…and then a bunch of below league average players.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        Of that bunch look for Espinosa to emerge. But he might be in the SS category soon.

    • hittfamily - Mar 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      If the season was 100 games, he is a top 10 second baseman. The season is not 100 games. My point was that Utley’s 400 PA, combined with the 300 PA’s of his replacement level substitute, do not equal the production of a top 10 second baseman. Neil Walker is more valuable that 2/3 Utley, 1/3 Mark Lemke.

      Make that list 600 PA and then we can talk.

      • phillyphreak - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        It seems rather odd to have 600PA as a criteria for being a top 10 second baseman considering that only 10 second basemen reached 600PA last year (and only 10 in 2010).

  2. randygnyc - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    He’ll rehab like crazy and get thisclose…….. Reinjury is a certainty. Good luck, Chase.

  3. phillyphever - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Honestly, if he’s half the player he used to be, it’s a bonus. If Galvis does well though at 2nd, there might be some issues going forward.

    • hittfamily - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      Well, the Phillies are getting a bonus this year, because he is definately half the player he used to be.

  4. randygnyc - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Sorry, but everyday Chase’s knees get worse. That’s what it means to have a degenerative condition. It only gets worse. Sure, he may still be able to squeeze out a bit more time playing in his career, but his performance will go down as his pain increases.

  5. jimw81 - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I’m curious if his knee was an issue in the offseason why didn’t he tell the phillies? It still doesnt excuse the phillies parading him out there early in his career when he would come off the DL early and brag about how a trooper he was.

  6. andyreidisfat - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    First @ hittfamily apparently utley for a 100 and someone else for 62 does equal 102 wins, but I guess that’s only success to those of us with “hoody’s on backwards “.

    I’d still rather have utley than most who play second base because of who he is. Sometimes how you play is not the most important thing.

    Oh and any national league fans who think this might be the down fall of the phillies , think again. They still have by far the best rotation and perhaps the best pen .

    And guess what when September comes and were in first place with a healthy team none of this will matter

    • paperlions - Mar 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Yeah, because the end of the year is when old players are always the healthiest.

      The Phillies do have a fantastic rotation, and the pen should be fine…but their defense and offense are declining quickly as their former stars are all in their decline phases and they don’t have anyone but Brown as a decent position prospect….and they have done their best to screw up his development.

      • bigxrob - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        Brown is a “decent position prospect” if the DH was considered a position. It’s obvious you’ve never seem him play the field.

    • hittfamily - Mar 25, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      That was undeniably, the most difficult read to a response I have ever had. My head is spinning right now.

    • skerney - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Actually, how you play is the only important thing.

  7. usedfleshlight8 - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Somewhere in NY, the mets are smiling

  8. mungman69 - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    The Phillies will win the division again. Then the playoffs where anything can happen.

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