Chase Utley isn’t playing again today and won’t explain why.
Utley stayed back in Clearwater yesterday and didn’t participate in Thursday’s home exhibition with Florida State. When asked about his mystery ailment, Utley told CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury “If there’s cause for concern you’ll be the first to know.” Manager Charlie Manuel has attempted to fill in the blanks, explaining that Utley “has been feeling general soreness in his legs and knees,” an infliction that has prevented literally thousands of seniors from attending weekly bingo.
Beerleaguer: Isn’t it time for Utley to give up the "pain don't hurt" shtick? I realize the Phillies are jocks and are basically cut from the same cloth, but come on. Twenty years down the road, it would be terrific to chronicle Utley’s outstanding Philadelphia legacy without the qualifier “… if only he took himself a little less seriously.” Perhaps we share in the blame. Utz was crowned as Philadelphia’s scrappy, working-class, superhuman savior five years ago when the Phillies had a reputation for being soft. He was the Phillies’ best all-around player, and still might be. But reality has since set in. He’s been hurt … frequently. He’s slumped … frequently. His production has declined … slowly. He’s mortal, and so be it. We have our title. He’s still the best second baseman in the National League. No need to act like Dalton from "Roadhouse." (Pictured right in repair after a run-in with Brad Wesley's henchmen.)
Baez rocked: Beerleaguer’s prediction that Danys Baez won’t head north is looking good as the veteran was rocked for five runs in 2-3 innings during yesterday’s Beerleaguer game in Clearwater. If Baez breaks camp with a spot in the ‘pen, I’ll pay for a custom “Baez” jersey and wear it to every game this season. (And when people ask, I’ll say I’m from Cuba.)