Chase Utley Injury: Updates on Phillies Star's Oblique

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IMay 23, 2013

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has caught the injury bug again, but he's working to get back to the diamond. 


UPDATE: Friday, June 21, at 2:25 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Phillies delivered promising news on Chase Utley's recovery:

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 20, at 9:45 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Exciting news for Phillies fans as Chase Utley is in high spirits following his rehab game.'s John Murrow has the latest:

Utley, who was placed on the disabled list on May 21 after suffering a right oblique strain, began his rehab assignment in Reading. He played eight innings at second base last night and finished 0-for-4 at the plate in the Fightin' Phils' 9-8 extra-innings win over the Portland Sea Dogs.

The 34-year-old veteran said he felt strong in his return and was happy to face live pitching again.

'It felt good to play,' Utley said. 'I played with no reservations, which is a good feeling to have. I could have played nine innings, but I thought it was smart to come out.'

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 19, at 10:15 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Phillies fans as Chase Utley continues to make progress as he recovers from an oblique injury. MLB's Todd Zolecki has the latest:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Positive news for the Phillies as Chase Utley is still on pace to be back in the middle of this month after going through a ground ball workout and taking swings in the cage, per Jim Salisbury of Comcast SportsNet.

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UPDATE: Friday, June 7, at 10:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to's Jim Salisbury, Utley could return by the middle of June:

Chase Utley has made good progress over the last handful of days as he continues to recover from a strained right oblique muscle.

The Phillies' second baseman believes he could return to the lineup in the middle of this month.

“I’m definitely feeling better,” Utley said Friday evening. “Hopefully I’ll take some swings in the next three or four days and at that point I’ll know where I’m at. I actually feel like I could have swung today, but I want to play it safe.”

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Bad news for Phillies fans, as they won't be seeing Chase Utley in action any time in the near future. The Philadelphia star will be out three weeks as he tries to battle an oblique injury (via Justin Klugh of

During an interview this morning with MLB Network Radio, Charlie Manuel confirmed that Utley would be out for three weeks.

In that time, the Phillies will play the Red Sox, Brewers, Marlins, Twins, and Rockies. It is a favorable stretch for a team with a hot-hitting veteran second baseman, but may be more of a challenge without Utley to stabilize the offense.

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Utley is heading to the 15-day disabled list with what the team is calling a "very mild" Grade 1 oblique strain, according to a report from Mike Axisa of CBS Sports. Philadelphia expects Utley to return to the lineup within the next two to four weeks. 

The move is retroactive to May 21, and an MRI on Thursday did not reveal any further intercostal or ribcage damage. 

Utley's latest DL stint will mark the fourth time in the last four seasons that he's missed time during the regular season due to injury.

Philadelphia has not yet made a roster move to replace Utley on the 25-man list. Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen will likely get the bulk of the playing time at second base while Utley recovers from his latest trip to baseball's medical haven. 

A five-time All-Star, Utley was off to a good start to the 2013 campaign. Hitting .272 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 44 games this year, Utley isn't exactly lighting the world on fire, but is a steady contributor to Charlie Manuel's lineup and a proven veteran presence.

It looks like Utley's trip to the DL is nothing more than a precaution for the Phillies, who were 5.5 games out of first place behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East heading into Thursday night's action. When it comes to Utley's status, though, Phillies fans have learned to take nothing for granted when he is forced to miss time via injury.