Why Chase Utley's Days of Being an All-Star Are Over

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Why Chase Utley's Days of Being an All-Star Are Over
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The Philadelphia Phillies are once again the odds-on favorite to represent the National League in the World Series. They are the favorites despite the No. 3 and 4 hitters in their lineup being out until God knows when.

Ryan Howard is still dealing with an "open wound" to his surgically repaired Achilles, and Chase Utley has two ailing knees this season. Todd Zolecki did some great investigative work and wrote that Chase Utley has been spotted in Phoenix this week.

We can speculate a bit ourselves here and assume that he's seeing a specialist for his knees. It was thought that it could be Dr. Thomas Carter, the same guy who performed micro-fracture surgery on Amar'e Stoudemire.  

We learned yesterday that Chase is not considering surgery as an option at this point (good, I guess?). 

Chase Utley can still be a very productive player for the Phillies (here's to hoping anyways), but here are reasons why his days as a perennial All-Star are over. 

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