News of Chase Utley's tendinitis in his right knee has spread around the baseball world over the past few weeks. While Utley doesn't look like he'll need any serious treatment, he's already received a cortisone shot in the knee, but it didn't have any effect.
He's rested and stayed off the knee as much as possible, but that was to no avail. He's even suggested that he could receive either a steroid injection or lubricant injection to speed up the process, but neither are certain as of yet.
Regardless of whether it's been because of being hit by a pitch or simply overworking himself, Chase Utley has definitely felt the impact of an injury on playing time. Over the last few seasons, Utley has been riddled with injuries, from the broken hand to the torn thumb ligament last season and now the tendinitis.
ESPN's SportsCenter recently showed a statistic about second basemen that displayed the amount of additional wins a team has when a second baseman plays every day over his replacement. Chase Utley led this statistic with roughly 21 wins. Boston's Dustin Pedroia came in second, but by a long shot, only providing roughly 14 wins.
Even though this statistic is both astounding and heartbreaking to Phillies fans, it's not like they've seen replacements at second base in the past. If Utley won't be ready for Opening Day or even beyond, someone will have to replace him temporarily.
Utley is doing all he can to avoid surgery to help his tendinitis, chondromalacia (cartilage deterioration), and bone inflammation.
But if surgery becomes inevitable in the future, which is still extremely rare, who would fill his shoes?
In no particular order, here are five players who are the most likely to fill in for Chase Utley if needed.