Just as the Phillies' injury situation was beginning to stabilize, Chase Utley's slide while attempting to turn a single into a double leaves the All-Star second baseman as the latest in a long list of casualties. (Getty)
The severity of the injury is unknown at this point and Utley will reportedly undergo an MRI today in Cincinnati. If a trip to the disabled list is required, the Phillies will have lost nine regulars to the DL, in addition to the bone spur that has knocked Placido Polanco into the ranks of the day-to-day. Utley, who took himself out of the game after it appeared that he had trouble gripping the bat, was already having a marginal season with the stick by his own standards. Juan Castro constitutes the only identifiable backup plan, and after Castro, it's anyone's guess. To throw salt in the wound, so to speak, Utley was called out at second when replay showed he beat the tag. The Phils lost to Jonny Cueto and a very poised Reds squad 7-3 in a forgettable dud. Scott Rolen homered and continues to punish his former team as if it were his job.
Beerleaguer: It it's serious, the Phillies need to swing a trade, and any old spare part won't do. Ruben Amaro may have already been considering Orioles third baseman Ty Wigginton (.266/.351/.472, 13 HR), so if Utley is out for an extended period, they would need to figure out a way to make that happen. Wigginton at third and a 75-percent Polly at second is the best possible solution, aside from Utley waking up this morning pain-free. Somehow, I don't see it happening. Kind of like the Phils' postseason hopes if the scar tissue in J-Roll's calf snaps again.