Chase Utley will almost certainly miss tonight's game and it's probably safe to expect him to miss a few weeks, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Utley will undergo an MRI either Tuesday or Wednesday on his sore rib cage.
Utley felt a burning sensation when taking batting practice Tuesday and was scratched from the lineup. As Salisbury explains, oblique injuries are taken quite seriously because of all the twisting involved in swinging and throwing. Players often end up on the DL when these types of ailments pop up to avoid further injuring the oblique/rib cage.
Just when the Phillies looked like the healthiest team in the NL East, a rash of injuries began. Carlos Ruiz pulled a hammy Sunday and was placed on the DL, where he joined Mike Adams. Ryan Howard isn't 100% but had a good game Tuesday. Same with Delmon Young. Now Utley is expected to miss time.
Might this open the door for Darin Ruf? The Phils already have a utility infielder in Kevin Frandsen even if they start Freddy Galvis at second, so adding another bat regardless of position would probably be the best way to go.
Amaro on Roy Halladay
Ruben Amaro addressed the injury statuses of two other Phillies to CSN prior to speaking at Wednesday's "Impact of Sports" conference at the Linc.
“I had a long talk with Roy [Tuesday] and, really, it was the best-case
scenario," Amaro said. "For a guy who’s pitched as much as he's pitched, who has had a
little bit of history now with some shoulder and back issues and
changes in his labrum, for him to come away with that operation with
just -- he does have some changes in there -- but for him to come away
with no muscle detachment, the doctor didn’t have to tack anything down.
Basically, he did a cleanout and did some things in the shoulder that
will hopefully loosen [Halladay] up a bit.
“For him to be in that position, it’s kind of the best-case scenario. I’m not sure if he's going to come back and be an effective pitcher for us, but if Roy can, if it’s humanly possible, he'll be able to do it. We hope he can come back in late August, early September, and help our rotation.”
Amaro on Carlos Ruiz
“Chooch is in the best shape of his career. He looks great, he worked
very hard to be prepared and to hit the ground running after his
suspension. And yet he turns the corner at second base and gets a
"Hopefully it’s not more than a month, but we have to be careful with the hamstring, especially a guy in his position. Hopefully he'll be out 3-4 weeks and we'll get him back and get him going.”
On several occasions Amaro referred to the injury issues as “the luck of the draw.”
“Thats the bizarre thing, he hasn't,” Amaro said when asked if Ruiz has a history of hamstring issues.
“Chase never had a history of any rib cage issues and Chooch hasn’t had any issues with his hamstring. Just bizarre things that happen over the course of an athlete's life."