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Utley’s Hip Injury Seems Like Decades Ago

Two months ago, Phillies fans were wondering just how long it would take Chase Utley to recover from hip surgery. Most experts penciled in Utley’s return for late May, maybe June.

Instead, it’s April 13, Utley has played every inning of the 2009 season, and these are his numbers through six games:

21 AB / 6 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 2 SB / .476 AVG / .577 OBP / .667 SLG

Moreover, his defense has been steady as usual, and of course, he’s running well. He hit the two-run home run that tied the game in the eighth inning Sunday against the Rockies. Yes, so far, Utley is playing the best baseball of any Phillie hitter. But honestly, did you doubt it?

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  1. Maverick

    April 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

    How long before the MVP talk starts… I think ESPN had him as the front runner 2 weeks into last year.

  2. Matt

    April 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Utley is just too good…. I love when I heard on BT that Ian Kinsler was the best 2nd basemen in baseball. Give me a break, Chase is the best thing since sliced bread. Thank god he is on our team

  3. Don M

    April 13, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Utley stole 2nd Saturday night, allowing the Rockies to walk Howard to pitch to Werth with 2 out and RHP on the mound (not a smart steal by Chase)

    and Yesterday, when he stole 2nd (Howard K’d on the pitch), Utley had a funly slide, popped-up and had a painful look on his face.. he later went on to hit the HR in the 8th though, so I guess he’s fine..

    I was hoping to see Utley and Feliz get some time off and make sure they are healthy for the duration of the season..

  4. gabriel

    April 13, 2009 at 9:31 am

    well maverick, i think the mvp talks just started… see: above, where you started the mvp talks… lol
    i don’t think anyone doubted chases ability to come back ahead of schedule, i admit i was a bit worried to see him on the field so soon, knowing last year he played with pretty much a broken hip, i was worried about him setting himself back with his desire to be out there…
    boy was i wrong to be worried. thankfully. and to see him put up these kind of early season numbers? outstanding…
    he is the true rock of this team… a lot of folks say, “as j roll goes, the phillies go…”
    there is some truth to that statement, but from now it’s, “as the infield goes, the phils go”
    great job so far for utley and lets hope he continues to perform to his ability.

  5. Tim Malcolm

    April 13, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Utley also had a little grimace in the opening game, fielding a tough backhanded ball and turning to throw. Methinks he’ll suffer a few labor pains in the hip area for a little while, but it’s nothing to worry about.

  6. Maverick

    April 13, 2009 at 9:54 am

    And for what its for worth now that were talking about MVP possibilities… Pujols is just nasty… 7RBIs 2hrs the other day.. sick..
    Hopefully as Howard matures as a hitter he can get the HR’s and hit for a high average!

    I like the fact he’s only been K’d 4times so far..

  7. Albert

    April 13, 2009 at 9:55 am

    How do we know its nothing to worry about? I too have noticed these grimaces after tough plays. If its just sore then OK, but if he is in pain that is not good.

  8. Real Phillies Fan

    April 13, 2009 at 10:12 am

    How about props for the big man Ryan Howard, he’s clearly seeing the ball a helluva lot better this season and going the other way like he did in his first 2 years in the league, plus his defense has improved immensely. Once the lineup starts hitting more frequently this is a VERY dangerous team if Utley and Howard continue to hit like this. This might be the first time Howard’s had a batting average over .300 since September of his MVP year.

  9. Keith

    April 13, 2009 at 10:13 am


    go Utley!

  10. JohnKruksLoveChild

    April 13, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Don M, I saw the same thing on that slide ! Thought it was just me, but now that you mention it I guess not, he definitely had a pained look on his face. As Tim mentioned though, probably just some residual soreness.

  11. Don M

    April 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

    He did a pop-up slide, and looked like he was going to fall over when he came back up, and had to lean on his hands to keep his balance..

    I was expecting he would get a few days of rest.. maybe they give him a break today, and steal 2 days off for him… they should.. and if you need his bat later in the game, he can pinch-hit..

    Utley-Howard-Werth-Ibanez all looking pretty good at the plate right now

  12. Jeff

    April 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

    And that my friends is why he was my first pick in the Fantasy Draft!!

    Go Utley huge break season!

  13. Georgie

    April 13, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Oh, I’ve noticed quite a bit of grimacing from Chase, after getting a hit while standing on first, he grimaces. After making a tough play, he grimaces. Now I have no idea what the story is on that, but he did the same thing last season before the surgery. Maybe it is a different kind of pain (recovery), but it’s starting to freak me out a little.

  14. Don M

    April 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

  15. KevO

    April 13, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Lets see how he is in 2 months, its 6 games into the season and every one is proclaiming him to be fully healthy and recovered. If he is still sore/hurt, he will never admit it, so the only way you will notice it is if his production starts to drop. Remember, he started like this last year and finished like Howard usually starts the season. Ha

  16. Chuck P

    April 13, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Chase has always had a weird grimace-look (standing at first after a hit, he always looks a bit in pain, to me). I saw the slide; I didn’t think much of it and thought that it was more of an awkward pop up becuase of his momentum… What I’ve noticed is that he hasn’t put as much on some of the easy throws. It seems that he’s really avoiding putting any extra weight on it unless he has to (swinging the bat, stealing bases and making the tough plays). I do think that it’s still in his head… it’s doesn’t seem to be affecting his at bats but he is good enough that he can play through injuries (which isn’t a good thing).

  17. Rick Bates

    April 13, 2009 at 10:44 am

    @ Don M’s link….HAHAHAHA…on a side note: Hamels is pitching Thursday in DC, corret? paper has it Wednesday. I wanna make sure when I go down Thursday it’s Hamels.

  18. Georgie

    April 13, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Ok, the Hamburglar is just plain scary there, Don.

  19. Mark

    April 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Question: All of our starters thus far have gotten rocked.

    Yes, I know it’s early. But what does Dubee have to say about this besides the classic “Ehhh, well you know, it’s early” excuse.

    I wouldn’t be concerned in the slightest if all 5 starters didn’t struggle. Thoughts? Timm-a?

  20. Don M

    April 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

    DAvid Murphy says that he thinks Lou Marson gets the start today, catching Jamie Moyer… after the game yesterday, Moyer met with Charlie Manuel, and was then seen going over all his signs with Marson.. With a night-game,day-game, and then travel.. it makes sense that Coste gets a breather

  21. KevO

    April 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Yeah agreed Don, you read that article on how they’re strikeout- walk ratio is 1:1 so far? Amazing

  22. ryan

    April 13, 2009 at 10:54 am

    this is the Chase Utley we came to know and love. the guy that hit over .330 in 2007. the guy who is one of the most dynamic players in the game. in the second half of last year, even when he denied his hip was hurting, we all knew it. maybe he’ll finally get that MVP this year.

  23. NJ

    April 13, 2009 at 10:59 am

    It would take something aweful to stop Utley from becoming a first ballot HOFer. If he wasn’t hurt for so much of last year we would have seen the greatest year ever from a 2nd basemen.

  24. Stuart

    April 13, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Jimmy rollins and chase utley are the best ss and 2b combo in the league.

  25. Georgie

    April 13, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Jayson Stark was interviewed on Ch 10 sports final last nite, he said he thinks the starting pitchers are having problems due to playing an extra month last season, sited previous WS champs who have sucked the next year (05 White Sox was one of them). He said pitching your butt off like they did in the playoffs and WS is alot of extra strain on pitchers’ arms, and he wonders if they’re not suffering the effects of those additional games.

  26. Albert

    April 13, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Everyone always sites this WS “hangover”, but I just don’t buy it. The bullpen is pitching great, so something has to give. The starters will start to come around the second and third time through the rotation once they start to get the feel for their pitches and log more innings. I see Jamie Moyer getting the starters back on track this afternoon (2009’s first QS???).

  27. Stuart

    April 13, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Albert, bullpens dont pitch as much in the playoffs so its not as much of a strain

  28. Mark

    April 13, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Hey Phillies fans…….I ordered two flyer jerseys from BCSPORTS. They sent me two Richards jerseys. It was my fault on the ordering page. I cant send them back without a restocking fee. Anyone interested in a black Richards jersey. xl its a primere not authentic. Looks real. I bought it for 165. but will sell it for 85 to get rid of it. dagobs23@comcast.net

  29. Stuart

    April 13, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Mark, the restocking feeis that much? would you get 165 back and pay liek 20 dollars restocking fee?

  30. Mark

    April 13, 2009 at 11:33 am

    25 restocking fee and 15 to ship it. I would rather sell it to a big flyers fan who would appriciate it. its a beautiful richards jersey with a C

  31. Chris.I

    April 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I regret my comment I made on Utley the other day after the 4th game…I should have known better than to ever have doubts about Chase, and YES Chase is just that damn great. Howard on the other hand looks good too. Not showing alot of power, but thats whats great about Howard…He’s sooo due to emerge, and explode any minute….The WHOLE team is due to explode, and go on a long series of wins. Sometimes we forget who we are for a second…Were world PHUCKING champions baby!

  32. Richie Allen

    April 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Ya gotta love Utley even if you are not a phillies fan….How many guys in this “contract-first…team-second era “,would play with this pain?
    He is starting to worry me with this grimace stuff though.I’M thinking a couple of days off now will pay dividends through the long season.
    Its tough to let him sit when he’s going so good but it would be the smart thing to do.

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