Phillies' Chase Utley Leaves Camp With Knee Injury
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Chase Utley, left camp today due to a chronic right knee injury, according to the team's website.
"Chase's rehab process has come to a bit of a plateau. He has made some strides, but not enough to take the field. He is headed out of town for a few days to be evaluated by a specialist that has helped athletes overcome his issue.” General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "We anticipate that this trip will allow him to build on what he has already done with [head athletic trainer] Scott Sheridan in order to get over the hump. He wants more than anything to be on the field with his teammates, and we believe that this is a step in that direction."
The Phillies are reportedly concerned about the injury because it has not gone away over the duration of the offseason.
"His problem is not going away. More than likely, it maybe never goes away." Manager Charlie Manuel added: "Will he ever be 100 percent? I don't know about that. He might never be that." The five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger is going into his 10th season with the Phillies. Last season Utley hit .259 with 11 homeruns and 44 RBIs.