Utley Doing “Very, Very Well” about some good news today?

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly is reporting the Phillies are “hopeful” second baseman Chase Utley will be ready for Spring Training this year. Salisbury spoke to Phils’ General Manager Ruben Amaro, who stated Utley has been working with Scott Sheridan, the Phillies head athletic trainer, who has given positive reports to the club.

Salisbury reported the following quote from Amaro:

“Chase is doing very, very well. Scott has been with him the last couple of days and he says Chase looks great and is feeling great. We hope it continues.”

Utley has not played in a Spring Training game since 2010. Despite this, and the fact that he has only played in 186 games over the last two seasons, Utley has been the eighth most valuable second baseman in baseball according to fWAR.



  1. Chuck A.

    January 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Does this mean that he’ll only miss one month to start the season instead of the usual two or three?

    • EricL

      January 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      We can only hope!

  2. Ken Bland

    January 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    If you remember, and it’s not hard to since it was not what you’d have expected on the surface, the Phils lost 10 of the first 11 games Utley played last year. There could easily be a tendency for people to forget that he started mid season when they look at his season numbers, and easily spot a downtrend. Catching up in late June effects the numbers, and although that might have been the bottom of the pen problems, but if Utley’s not playing catch up, maybe the record swings a tad from 1-10.

    Employing the felonious use of select data, if we eliminate Chase’s heroic first game back, perhaps overachieving on the strength of adrenalin (remember his first AB?), Chase was 4-31, and carried an OBP of .250 in that first 11. His OPS was sub .700, his batting average was .216. The night after the Phils dropped to 1-10 in the 2012 Utley era, Thomas Paine screamed from his grave, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” If you eliminate that “spring training” portion of Chase’s year, his numbers the rest of the year become far more Utleyesque. So when Ruben says he’s doing very, very well, and liberties are taken to imagine Chase on an even playing field from Opening Day, it is XXXilarating, or in correct spelling, orgasmic. Quoting Chase’s numbers on the whole of 2012 is shortsighted. Quite honestly, “very very well” assumed to be sustainable, the bigger worry, minority view as it is, is whether this guy is gonna have close enough to an Utleyesque year that there’s hard to stop temptation to over sign him into the future as he’s smack up against an age where 2nd basemen say hello to the cliff that drags their baseball skills down. But it figures to be a nicer problem than saying goodbye to a would be Hall of Famer gone semi cripple. An all-time Phillie if, save for a very short list of exceptions, one ever exsisted.

  3. Lefty

    January 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    “Just a few days after Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Chase Utley would be ready for Opening Day, the second baseman’s status for the season opener is in doubt. ”

    “Utley left the Phillies’ camp in Clearwater Monday morning due to the chronic tendinitis in his knees not improving. He’ll be examined by a specialist who will attempt to determine why Utley’s rehab has hit what the team called a “plateau.” ”

    “He’s got bad knees. He’s got a cartilage issue. You can’t grow cartilage. So it’s partially tendinitis and partially a cartilage issue. ”

    This is from Salisbury’s piece last year, and the quote is from Ruben Amaro Jr – 3/19/12

    I like good news, just hope it’s true this time.

    • William Rennick

      January 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Everybody is healthy in January and next month everyone will report to camp “in the best shape of their careers”. And so it goes…

      • Ian Riccaboni

        January 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        “But where it’s going, no one knows!” – Nick Lowe

  4. Betasigmadeltashag

    January 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Like I’ve posted before I think Chase only playing half a year is a big plus for 2013. And I do think Chase is going to have days off early in the season. He will be one of the top3-5 second basemen next year

  5. The Original Chuck P

    January 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    The best news here is that Utley is not only speaking with trainers prior to Spring Training but also being evaluated prior to Spring Training. It is nice to know where things stand so that you don’t get caught deploying an infield of oft-injured Polanco and Freddy Galvis with a back up of Ty Wigginton. Am I right?

    • Lefty

      January 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      We are privileged that “The Man” is actually communicating with his employer and vice versa.

      Sarcasm and kidding aside, I am hopeful he can have a real good season this year.

  6. William Rennick

    January 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I think so, but last year at this time we were all excited about Jim Thome’s new yoga exercises that were going to magically allow him to actually play the field “two or three games a week”. But that’s what January is all about I guess.

    • Chuck A.

      January 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Yeah, and two springs ago in 2011 Jimmy Rollins was bragging about that he started this new juicing program…only to spend significant time on the DL that season.

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