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Utley making progress from injury

Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 3:26 pm

By Evan Brunell

UtleyChase Utley's return from patellar tendinitis is completely unknown to anyone, but he could be ready to start jogging soon as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

GM Ruben Amaro said it's possible Utley could start jogging within the next few days which would be a major leap forward.

If he starts running, that’s a big step," Amaro said. "He hasn’t even jogged. He’s done some underwater stuff. But we haven’t gotten him to run normal resistance. Once he does that, [his return] could happen fast. But it might take a while for him to get there."

Utley isn't standing around doing nothing despite his lack of jogging -- he's been taking batting practice and ground balls and is showing improvement across the board.

That said, don't expect a timetable to be established for Utley. First things first is actually being able to jog. Second will be full game-ready motion and then a rehab assignment. Still, the progress Utley has made so far has to be a positive given the doom-and-gloom possibilities that have been bandied about.

"I think we’re going to get him back. It’s just a matter of when," Amaro said. "We’re willing to be very patient with him. I want him for July-August-September, hopefully October.

"If we stay in this thing, hold our own offensively, it’s like making a trade, like getting a quality bat in the middle of the year. I don’t have a whole lot of flexibility to do much of anything else."

No kidding, as the Phillies' $173 million payroll ranks second in all of baseball behind (who else?) the Mets. Even the Red Sox are behind Philadelphia in the No. 3 spot with a $161 million payroll. The Phillies have spread themselves thin and need Utley to come back strong to have a good chance of postseason success.

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:11 pm

Utley making progress from injury

not for nothin' - '95 was strike shortened, too (144 games).
'maybe you should do some research.' (your quote, my italics)

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:33 pm

Utley making progress from injury

yeah koolmike, the  phillies offense is AGING but its not "old" YET atleast. the Phillies core players are all 30-32 yrs old. thats not old, it def is getting there but we dont have to worry yet. i would say atleast 2 more VERY GOOD years out of them if not more. the only ones older are Ibanez who is in his last yr of his contract and polanco who has one more year left after this one. While the phillies dont have alot of position players at there AA or AAA ball they do have the 5th ranked fram system in the league. Mainly due to all the very very talentyed prospects in high class-A ball. Those players that look like sure shots should be ready by the time their core is falling off. Also you gotta remember all the sellouts that the phillies have been having. Even Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Cliff Lee signing was almost fully due to the Phillies fans and their appreciation of the phillies striving to win and doing well. The more and more the phillies make the playoffs and the more and more they sell out games the more and mroe money they will have to spend on the payroll. For that reason alone i cant see the phillies falling out of contention for an extended period of time. Also they def have enough prospects that they can trade for major league ready players or superstars. Also they have the second rated scouting team in the league. So while you state some true facts you also have to realize that the phillies have turned into a mjor player every offseason and have alot of money they can do things with. it will be very hard for the phillies to fall out of contention for a sustained period of time. Yes they may have a season where they fall off the face of the earth but most likely wont see a period where they have a bunch of consecutive losing season in a row like they use to.


P.S. - We all need to just realize that you have to ignore GG. Because what he looks for is an answer back form people, which makes him want to troll even more. Just ignore him, because hes in his own little world and obviously speaks out of anger towardsthe phillies. he jealous and to speak back to him will just make him wanna annoy even more...

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:32 pm

Utley making progress from injury

So far this "mini-run" that the Phils are on has produced the same number of titles as the Braves did in their "major-run". 

EXACTLY, and of course no response from the king of the trolls! Sealed

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:50 pm

Utley making progress from injury dude you remember my Minaya Avatar?  You stalking me? Anyway...its amazing to me how hard it is to reason with some Phillies fans out there.  I point out the fact that for years while the Phillies were mired in the middle of the division and had an owner who refused to spend any $$$ the posts by Phillies fans were endless about the Red Sox and Yankees and buying a championship.  Now all of a sudden the Phillies have a "window" to win a championship and spending absurd amounts of money on payroll is somehow ok.  Dude...I have picked the Phillies the last three years to either represent the NL in the WS or win the whole thing (and I would renew that pick this year).  Don't get pissed at me because some combination of Oswalt and Halliday last year or Lee the year before has resulted in no WS titles. Yeah...on paper your rotation looks solid but it did last year too.  Almost as solid as SF.  I am not looking to get into any juvenile pissing contests with you or anyone else here but rather seek intelligent responses from well thought out posts.  And no I am not a bitter Mets fan I am an avid Mets fans and have been since 1973. I acknowledge the Mets have thrown good $$ after bad and have nothing to show for it in recent years but you won't acknowledge that the core of your team is old?  C'mon dude can we have grown dialogue on this?

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:50 pm

Utley making progress from injury

Ignore GG, the coward troll only pops up after a Philly loss, and disappears after a Philly win. This is the true defintion of troll. Notice how it was quiet all weekend when the swept? This moron even talked trash for hours on Friday when the Phillies were behind and conveniently disappered when they went ahead, just like last year when this idiot crowned the champs in July. Sealed

By the way, why dont you post on the incredible Braves 2 hit performance last night - PATHETIC.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:16 pm

Utley making progress from injury

If the Phils are going to spend this year and it may be the last they do, why not go all the way and go get Young from TX. Utley might be be the Rollins of this year plating in about 60+ games . Young can field 3rd as well  as Placido and also adds pop  to order to provide some protection to hitters behind him. If this is the last chance the worst team in MLB has, with over 10,000 losses since being founded, what is another 8 M to make one more run. Polanco would provide the upgrade at 2nd. 
The Phils may have to give up a prospect, but they basically have cleaned out AAA and AA in making trades last year.
Take the shot while the gun is loaded with the starters in place, before we have another 10 year drought.   

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:11 pm

Utley making progress from injury

Eric Brunell:  CBS Sports reports (using AP) the Yankees (who else) have the top payroll (maybe they don't count?) and the Mets are #7.  No kidding. 

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:09 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:03 pm

Utley making progress from injury

Turner field holds less than 8,000 more than Citizen's Bank, not 20,000. 

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:44 pm

Utley making progress from injury

But the Phils title is better because it was a full season, unlike the Braves strike shortened one.

The Braves won the World Series in 1995. The strike was 1994, nice try though. 

  I like it when Braves fans try to compare the two
Me too, because it blows the Phillies out of the water. Lmao

Their fans should try to actually go to a game or two.  Their attendance, and fans, are pitiful.

Maybe you should do some research or actually follow baseball. The Braves were STILL top 10 in attendance despite holding more than 20k more fans then the Phillies little sand box.

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