Wed, Jun 30th 2010, 09:50
It could be weeks. It could be months.
The Phillies said they do not know how much time Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will miss because of a sprained right thumb and an injured left elbow, respectively. They just know they are on the 15-day disabled list and will be sorely missed, the latest casualties on a team that now has seven players on the DL.
The Phillies called up Greg Dobbs and Brian Bocock to take their places on the 25-man roster, but losing Utley and Polanco clearly leaves a major hole in the lineup. Utley had hit .367 with one home run and 11 RBIs in his past 13 games and is arguably the best second baseman in baseball. Polanco had hit .318 with five homers and 27 RBIs for the season.
“We’re a good team,” said Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth, asked how the Phillies can survive. “We have faith in each other. We’ve been here before. We’re resilient. We lost Jimmy [Rollins] in ’08. We lost Chase in ’07. We lost J-Roll this year. We’re still where we’re at. We play the [National League] East a lot in September.”
Utley sprained the ulnar collateral ligament of his right thumb in Monday’s 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Utley had a MRI on Tuesday morning in Cincinnati, but returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon and will undergo further testing Wednesday. The Phillies said once they know the severity of the sprain, they will know how to treat it. It could require surgery, although Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said that would not necessarily mean a longer stint on the DL.
tori hollenbach | on 16/7/10
i am chase utleys biggest fan chase is my favorite player and when i play softball i play second base and i make diving plays and my dad calls me chase utley and when i throw the ball he calls it the case utley bomb.