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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies could be without Chase Utley until June

The Philadelphia Phillies could be without Chase Utley until June

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 20 November 2008 at 11:04 pm

29-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley will undergo hip surgery next week which could keep him out of action until June. This would be a monster blow to the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies as Utley is definately a impact player for them. Utley played in 159 games last season for the Phillies and he was 177 for 607 (.292 avg, .915 OPS) with 113 runs scored, 33 homers, 104 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Utley has now played in 735 games in his major league career and he is 817 for 2,739 (.298 avg, .901 OPS) with 490 runs scored, 130 homers, 492 RBIs and 60 stolen bases. The Phillies might need to sign a 2B unless they think Jason Donald is ready to step up. Donald was the #15 prospect in the Phillies’ system according to Baseball America. The 24-year old righty swinging Jason Donald played in 92 AA games last season and he was 111 for 362 (.307 avg, .888 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 14 homers, 54 RBIS and 11 stolen bases. 30-year old righty swinging utility man Eric Bruntlett also could be in line for a lot of at bats early next season. He played in 120 games for the Phillies last season and he was 46 for 212 (.217 avg, .594 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 2 homers, 15 RBIs and 9 stolen base. Bruntlett has now played in 440 games in his major league career and he is 164 for 684 (.240 avg, .659 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 11 homers, 65 RBIs and 29 stolen bases. Utley is the one player that the Phillies can’t replace.

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