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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies place Chase Utley on the D.L.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Chase Utley on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 24 May 2013 at 7:25 am

The Phillies have placed 34-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21st, due to a mild oblique strain.  He could miss anywhere from 2-4 weeks.  Utley has played in 44 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 43 of 158 (.272 avg, .814 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 7 homers, 25 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  23-year old switch-hitting Freddy Galvis will replace Utley in the starting lineup.  Galvis has played in 27 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 19 for 69 (.275 avg, .783 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Phillies have called up 30-year old switch-hitting infielder Michael Martinez to replace Utley on the roster and Galvis off the bench.  Martinez has played in 32 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he is 26 for 109 (.239 avg, .590 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 13 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Martinez has played in 133 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 61 for 324 (.188 avg, .512 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 5 homers, 31 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  The Phillies hope that Utley only misses a couple of weeks, because he is not an easy player to try to replace.  The Phillies are going to miss his bat.

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