• May 21, 2022

Amaro On Utley Injury Being More Than Tendinitis: “Perhaps”….

You know how a good movie has to have to some problems for the good guys in order for it to be a good movie, well now our good guys, the Phillies, seem to have a major problem.

I don’t know anything definite about Chase Utley’s knee but the more I listen the more I think that there’s definitely reason to be concerned.

Remember when they made inquiries about Michael Young of the Rangers and nobody knew why? Now we know why. Add the following comments to the interest in Young.

Todd Zoleki, who covers the Phillies for MLB.com, tweeted the following comment about twenty-minutes ago, “Utley had an injection in knee yesterday. Knee hadn’t progressed like the Phillies had hoped. Hope to see improvement B4 the end of weekend.”

A few minutes later he tweeted, “Amaro, on Utley’s knee being more than patellar tendinitis: “Perhaps. Right now that’s what we have.”

Matt Gelb, who covers the Phillies for the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted, “Utley was given a cortisone shot. Phillies think it could be worse than patellar tendinitis”

That “Perhaps” comment from Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. means the door is clearly open to something worse and we don’t want to imagine him having to be cut on. We know now that the Phillies were hoping that it was only tendinitis, and I emphasize the word “HOPING.” Usually rest reduces tendinitis, but Utley hasn’t improved at all. That’s reason for serious concern.

You didn’t think this was going to be a cake walk without any problems.

Here’s today’s lineup versus the Pirates in Clearwater at Bright House Field.

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Raul Ibanez 7
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Placido Polanco 5
6. Ben Francisco 0
7. Domonic Brown 9
8. Delwyn Young 4
9. Brian Schneider 2

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2 Comments

  • They should go ahead and perform a diagnostic arthroscopy on Utley’s knee for further evaluation. The recovery time is only a few weeks and it is the ultimate in diagnosis modalities because it is direct visualization. The longer they putz with this the further into the season it will drag.

  • I think he’s going to be out for a good little while and the Phils need to go to plan B like Acquiring IF Michael Young from Texas for RHP Blanton and then move POlanco to 2B (his best position) and have M Young play 3rd Base

    New Line-up could look like this versus LHP Starters

    #1) Rollins- SS
    #2) Polanco – 2B
    #3) M Young- 3B
    #4) R Howard – 1B
    #5) R Francisco – RF
    #6) S Victorino – CF
    #7) R Ibanenz/Mayberry Jr – LF
    #8) C Ruiz – C
    #9) Pitcher

    Versus RHP Starting Pitching
    #1) Rollins — SS
    #2) Polanco — 2B
    #3) Howard — 1B
    #4) Ibanez — LF
    #5) M Young — 3B
    #6) Victorino — CF
    #7) Gload — RF
    #8) Ruiz — C
    #9) Pitcher

    Moving R Howard up to #3 may give him that 1 more At-Bat versus a Right-Hand Pitcher

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