By Justin Adkins:
This is not good.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said that Chase Utley received a cortisone shot in his knee on Friday.
“He hasn’t been progressing as much as we would have liked,” Amaro said. “Hopefully this gets him over the hump. We’ll probably know by the end of the weekend whether it’s helped him. Hopefully it does so he can get on the field and play in some games.”
It had previously been explained six days ago that Utley was dealing with patellar tendonitis, but a cortisone shot will not help with that condition, per multiple medical specialists who have spoken out regarding Utley’s knee trouble.
So that means either the Phillies medical staff are raging incompentents or they know Utley’s knee is worse than initially feared and are trying to cover bases just in case.
Utley himself seems to recognize this could be more of an issue but as usual is trying to sound confident.
“I had a cortisone shot in my knee just to try to get some of the inflammation out,” Utley said. “It’s a step-by-step process at this point. The whole goal for me is to try to get this fixed as soon as possible, but also keep it in perspective. I have to keep it right for the long haul as well. I think we’re making the right progressions.”
Amaro hints that it’s likely more than tendonitis as well but isn’t willing to go there just yet.
“We feel it’s patellar tendonitis. Could it be more than that? Perhaps,” Amaro said. “Right now that’s what we have.”
Utley underwent an MRI on the knee about a week ago, and Amaro was asked if any structural damage showed up on the scan.
“Not really,” the GM said. “Again, we’re in a position right now where we’re just trying to calm down some of the pain he’s having there and if we can get him over the hump we’ll get him on the field.”
So this has gone from the ridiculous notion of being caused by “general, routine soreness” due to training, to patellar tendonitis, to who the hell knows. Again, not good.
The concern most of the offseason has been how to replace Phillies-hater Jayson Werth’s right-handed production in the lineup. Potentially subtracting Utley for any length of time takes the concern from justified to full-on DEFCON 1.
Maybe Ruben can get Matthew Broderick to play second?
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