The Phillies have placed starting 2B Chase Utley and starting 3B Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list. Utley has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. He has played in 72 games for the Phillies this season and he is 73 of 264 (.277 avg, .849 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 11 homers, 37 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Polanco has a sore left elbow. He has played in 62 games for the Phillies this year and he is 83 of 261 (.318 avg, .782 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 5 homers, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies have recalled 31-year old lefty swinging 1B/3B Greg Dobbs and 25-year old righty swinging infielder Brian Bocock to replace Utley and Polanco on the active roster. Dobbs played in 42 games for the Phillies earlier this season and he was 10 of 66 (.152 avg, .465 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Dobbs is a better hitter than he showed earlier this season so look for him to step up somewhat for the Phillies. Bocock has played in 65 games in AAA-ball this season and he is 38 of 212 (.179 avg, .470 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 12 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Phillies are really going to miss Utley and Polanco.
UPDATE: Chase Utley had surgery to repair his thumb which will cause him to miss at least the next 8 weeks. Placido Polanco will avoid surgery but he will be out the next 3-4 weeks. With the Phillies behind both the Mets and Braves they will likely need to make a trade soon for infield help. I just don’t think you can replace Utley and Polanco with guys like Greg Dobbs, Wilson Valdez and Juan Castro.