Utley Receives Cortisone Shot; Panic Time? – Phillies Nation

Utley Receives Cortisone Shot; Panic Time?

If you weren’t worried before about Chase Utley’s lingering patellar tendinitis, well, this may change your mind.

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that Utley’s condition has not improved in the five days since its initial diagnosis, and the team has upped the ante, administering a cortisone shot to the ailing knee. Just like Brad Lidge, Roy Oswalt and Placido Polanco before him, Utley now has a corticosteroid trying to soothe his wound.

As Salisbury notes in his article, no improvement in five days isn’t good. It’s not necessarily catastrophic or even indicative of Utley missing regular season time, but it’s certainly not encouraging.

Talks of Michael Young are sure to kick up again, but at $16M annually through 2013, he’s not a fit unless his salary is paid nearly in full. And maybe not even then. What seems most likely is more playing time for Wilson Valdez, should Utley miss time.

Does this latest news set you to worrying yet? Were you already there? Or are you still confident that Utley will be fine in 2011, and that this will prove to be nothing but a small nuisance, a speed bump?

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  1. Pat Gallen

    March 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I guess I’m no longer at a 4…I think the worry-meter is up to about a 7 here.

  2. tavian

    March 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Cortisone treatment is a harbinger of bigger worry. Utley is hurting and it has not gone away. He is breaking down. Not good. Still a valuable player, but a bad knee often leads to other issues because the player favors the knee and puts additional strain on other areas, such as the other knee. Perhaps Chase would do well to consider left field after this season? Phillies need a hitter, preferably a right handed one. I do not know if anything is available at this time.

  3. The Dipsy

    March 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    can we just run an MRI now please? Or did we already do one? If I had a dime for every time I didn’t worry about injuries only to watch them become something to actually really worry about, I’d have a lotta dimes. Swelling of the knee means there’s something wrong with the knee. Knees just don’t decide to swell. Put it this way, if he we an Eagle, Andy would have traded him at the end of the season. Utley for Young straight up anyone?

    The Dipsy

  4. Lefty

    March 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    They did the MRI. That was when they diagnosed the Patellar Tendonitis. I was very worried then, and remain quite concerned.

    BTW- My knees don’t decide anything. I have only two decision centers, one in my head, and ah…., the other one.

  5. Lefty

    March 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Delwyn Young is making a case for himself so far this Spring, but we need to keep in mind that he did the same thing last spring for the Pirates, driving in 18 runs in ST. Then with 4 times the AB’s in the regular season, drove in only 28.

  6. tyROBasaurus

    March 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I recall a doctor on Daily News Live explaining that a cortisone shot is not routine for Petallar Tendonitis, and that if anything it may do more harm than good considering the location of the ailment. This is something more serious, folks.

  7. buffy08210

    March 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I was trying to be encouraging to Chase while he was singing a ball for me a few days ago, but got no response. It is probably Chase being Chase, but he sure didn’t seem unconcerned.
    There is a difference between tendonitis (purely inflammatory) and the more likely tendonopathy which will not respond to steroids. The degree of tendon degeneration is only known to his radiologist(s) and orthopod(s). We can only speculate and, if you are a praying person, have at it. Most likely this is an annnoying pain, there should be no instability. I understand this is a chronic thing for him and the usual rule is that chronic problems are better than acute ones.

  8. jjfritz

    March 6, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Let me just say that I have no serious concerns about Utley. I’m sure he will be just fine. But since we’re on the subject, here goes…. I’m not saying I want to necessarily see him go, but why not deal Blanton and Polanco for Young and maybe a minor leaguer or two. Money would be a good swap, it would give us the right-handed bat with both average and power for the middle of the lineup, keeping Rollins and Victorino at the top of the lineup. The rotation and lineup would look like this:
    Rotation — Halladay
    Lineup — Rollins
    And, if you think the knee problem would cause Utley’s power numbers to drop enough, move Victorino into the top spot, move Utley up to 2 because he will still hit for average and bat Rollins/ Young 3/ 5 in either order.

    Or, you could just talk to St. Louis about Howard and Blanton for Pujols. Maybe that would get you thinking.

  9. Ted Bell

    March 6, 2011 at 3:06 am

    The team that watches him play on a daily basis has decided that Michael Young is no longer a viable position player, and why would Texas want Polanco? To be a DH?

    As far as Pujols, he’s already publicly stated that he won’t accept a trade this season. He doesn’t seem like the type of guy who says things that he doesn’t stand by. He’ll play the entire year in St. Louis and then hit the open market.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  10. LCMRSalazar85

    March 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

    If Valdez can continue what he did last season, then I’m not as worried. However, I’ll take a closer look to what we have in the AA/AAA level, and do everything possible to get Valdez to improve his hitting. If he can’t, then I’d say look at the Young deal.

  11. The Dipsy

    March 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Ted – No, the Rangers have not determined that. They determined that they needed a power bat and that uy so happened to play 3B and is also a potential gold glover. Young does not have a position right now but that doesn’t mean he can’t play one. In fact he can play many adequately. A Blanton + deal for Young makes a lotta sense in that the Rangers would like some pitching, we could use Young to fill in at 2B or 3B in case Chase can’t go, or the OF as an Ibanez upgrade if he struggles OR in RF with Shane moving to center. It would make sense.

    The Dipsy

  12. tavian

    March 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    QUESTION: Even if the Phils could get Michael Young in a trade, would he be willing to become a super utility player and perform with the same enthusiasm he has shown throughout his illustrious career? I’d love to have hm on this team, but we would need a ‘whole’ Michael Young and enthusiasm is a big part of that package.

  13. Michael A. Smith

    March 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Regarding Chase Utley: This will be an unusual post. My wife and I work with (“work with” means are patients of) a healer. He is an MD who used to teach at Yale Medical school. He can easily fix Utley’s knee problems in a few days. He does it long distance over the phone. It is totally non-invasive, and the Phillies do not have to stop whatever else they are doing. I believe he would be willing to work on Utley. And the cost is nominal. Truly nominal. As in a few hundred dollars. I called the trainer and left a message, but these guys think they know everything and I never received a call back.

    When Terrill Owens got hurt toward the end of the Eagles Super Bowl appearance season, I called the Eagles, offering the same services of this healer. I actually spoke with the wide receiver coach. Whether the Eagles followed through or not I do not know, but it was considered a “miracle” that Owens was healthy for the Super Bowl. What do I have to do to reach someone at the Phillies? It would be a real shame if the Phillies blow it this year because of injuries, when fixing these minor injuries is so easy.

    • Blanton is Beastly

      March 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      If it’s so easy and he can do it “long distance” (I laughed out loud when I read that), why doesn’t he just heal everyone in the world for free?

      Probably because it’s a scam.

      Oh, and I am not worried about Utley, even if he is out for a couple weeks at the beginning of the regular season. I think we have decent fill-ins. He’s good, but he’s not the entire team.

  14. Michael A. Smith

    March 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Scam? There is so little money involved that it is hardly a scam. if healing Utley this way cost more than a few hundred dollars I would be surprised. To answer your snide unserious question: the act of healing by the healer takes a lot out of them–physically and emotionally. And while a “session” may only last 10 minutes more or less, the healer needs recovery time. So, healing everyone in the world? This is not “psychic healing;” it is not “spiritual,” and it does not depend on the patient believing that it works. It is based on a science that almost no one even knows exists. The “inventor” of this particular type of healing, by the way, is a physicist who was nominated for a Nobel Prize in physics.

  15. Blanton is Beastly

    March 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    An MD from Yale Medical School using an unknown healing technique invented by a Nobel physicist…

    Which tabloid did you find this in?

    Chase Utley does not need magic, he has skill.

  16. Don M

    March 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I think for less than a few hundred dollars, I could rub my lucky rabbit’s foot on Chase’s knee and heal him up pretty quickly …. also, I’m trying to find a jar of Chuck Norris’ tears online, because if they massage that into the skin behind the knee it would be fine within a few minutes

    Anyone know where I can get some Chuck Norris tears????

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