Citing a mild grade 1 oblique strain, the Phillies are going to place second baseman Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list.
“It definitely scared me a little bit,” Utley told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com on Wednesday. “My first swing, I felt something. My second swing, I felt it again. My third swing, I felt it again. After the fourth swing, I realized something wasn’t right.”
A stint on the disabled list was anticipated, so the news that the oblique strain is mild and that Utley could be back as soon as he's eligible is relatively good.
"We do believe and hope that Chase will be ready to play in Philadelphia within 15 days," Ruben Amaro said. "We are being cautious with this injury as it is a tricky one and want to make sure it isn't an issue for him throughout the season."
Utley had played in 44 of the first 45 games this season and posted a slash line of .272/.339/.475 with seven homers and a team-leading 25 RBIs.
Freddy Galvis should get most of the playing time at second while Utley is out, with a bit of Kevin Frandsen mixed in as well. Whom the Phillies will call up to replace Chase on the 25-man roster hasn't been announced yet.