The Phillies have announced that second baseman Chase Utley broke his right hand after being hit by a pitch from Nationals rookie John Lannan. [Link]
Details are still unclear, although Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he expects Utley to return before the end of the season. Which we all know is meaningless coming from Amaro. Utley, who was having an MVP-caliber season and ranked among league leaders in all major offensive categories, can thank Lannan for ending those hopes and sending the Phillies' playoff aspirations into a tailspin. Lannan was ejected for hitting Utley and Howard in consecutive at bats.
Beerleaguer officially wishes the 22-year-old nothing but the best following his memorable debut, and looks forward to future meetings with the left-hander at Citizens Bank Park.
The Inquirer reported Utley's injury as a break to the fourth metatarsal, but they may have meant fourth "metacarpal." Beerleaguer contributor, Clout, offered an insight into the injury:
"The key here is whether it's a clean break or a shatter. If it's a shatter it will require pins and then you're looking at 6 weeks minimum. The 4th metacarpal (below the 4th finger) isn't as bad as if were beneath the index finger, so 3 weeks might be doable if it's a clean break."