Friday, November 21, 2008

Oh, (insert expletive)!

By now you have heard the terrible news of Chase Utley's injured hip that will require surgery and a 4-6 month recovery period. Most of us speculated that Chutley was playing hurt, because his numbers began to drop, but I doubt many us of suspected he was playing this hurt. The dude is one gutsy s.o.b. and the fact that he still played at a level higher than any other secondbaseman in the game while being substantially hindered by a bad hip cements his place with the best Phillies of all-time. Remember that heads up play he made in Game 5.5 of the World Series to nail Jason Bartlett at homeplate? I'll never forget!

What does this mean for the team? According to GM Ruben Amaro, the surgery will be exploratory as doctors do not know the full extent of his injury. While under the knife they will repair any bone and cartilage damage. The less wrong, the quicker Utley is back rehabbing and on the field. Best case scenario, he's back sometime in April; worst case, he's out the first few months of the season and doesn't take the playing field until June. Even when he returns he'll likely be rusty from missing spring training, and slowed by the hip. In fact...take a deep breath...he may never be the same player again. We've become accustomed to watching him go balls-out every game all game, and I'm sure his demeanor won't change, but the hip could keep him from playing at the level he has the past 3 seasons. Lets not get ahead of ourselves though. Short term solution- Eric Bruntlett and Jason Donald split time at secondbase. Bruntlett has no bat, but can field. Donald has no MLB experience, but has hit a ton in the minors, but hasn't played much secondbase. Look for Rube to sign a relatively cheap utility infielder as an insurance plan. *Jerry Hairston Jr., rumored to be on the Phils radar as a righthanded batting outfielder, has played a lot of secondbase in the past.
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More News:
*Pedro Feliz will also be having surgery to fix his broken back. Okay, it's not really broken, more like bulging discs or something, but you get the point. He spent time on the DL last season because of the injury, but came back and helped the Phils win the World Series with a clutch hit and some fine fielding. I'm not a big fan of his because he's an all-around out-making machine, but he is an important part of the team's plan for next season, so I hope for a speedy and full recovery for Pete Happy.

*Mr. Toolsy, that's former 1st round pick Greg Golson, has been swapped for another 1st round pick. Amaro got his trading feet wet by exchanging minor leaguers, as huge disappoint Golson was sent to the Texas Rangers for John Mayberry Jr.. Mayberry has power potential, but his minor league line has been mediocre over 4 seasons- 105 dbl, 82 hr, 275 r, 257 rbi, 42 sb, .255 avg, .802 OPS. He is big, 6'6" 230 lbs, plays outfield while batting righthanded, and is the son of former player John Mayberry who was in the Majors from 1968-1982 smacking 255 homeruns. I could care less that Golson is gone, I just hope Mayberry isn't Rube's solution in the outfield. *Both Amaro and young Mayberry went to Stanford.











*Upon further review, it has been decided that Mayberry Jr. looks a lot like a young Chris Rock. Rock is funny, but he can't hit a fastball.

~Carson

17 comments:

Los said...

Utley is the man ... could you imagine how good his season could've been if he hadn't had the injury?

GM-Carson said...

If he wouldn't have gotten injured he would have been the MVP, I believe that.

Corey said...

he may never be the same again? no way. that never happens. look how well mike lieberthal bounced back...

GM-Carson said...

or Bo Jackson...

GM-Carson said...

How's Mike Lowell's hip been...hmmm?!

Soss said...

I'm nervous about Utley trying to come back too early before he really is ready to. I'd rather take him a month later at his full potential then a month earlier with just his normal above average stats.

GM-Carson said...

I'm worried about Utley period. This is a serious injury for a secondbaseman to have.

furiousBall said...

i'm gassy today

GM-Carson said...

Furiousball- what did you have to eat? Or they nervous farts? Nervous because Utley is injured and severly worried about the Phils chances of defending their title.

dr. steve said...

I sure hope that stuff about Utley is speculation and not based on historical data for this surgery.

Robert Tyson said...

Before we get too worried.... Lowell is significantly older than Utley, and didn't have the same tools to begin with. And Bo had avascular necrosis, which is not in the same family as what Chase is dealing with.

GM-Carson said...

Because of my Jerry Hairston Jr. comment, today's post made MLBTR.com. Deadspin the past couple months, MetsBlog yesterday, MLBTR today...not too shabby.

GM-Carson said...

Former manager and player Pete Mackanin was hired by the Phils to be the bench coach taking Jimy Williams place. Sam Perlozzo has now been settled as 3rd base coach.

GM-Carson said...

Link to picture of Ryan Howard with a hot chick, and by hot chick I mean Las Vegas hooker.

Dan said...

Everybody take a deep breath. Utley is the man. He is the Dude. He is the toughest man alive - possible exception of that guy who cut off his own leg and then crawled through a wintry hell to safety a few years back (remember him?)

Utley will be back, and I do believe he will be as good as ever. The only thing the Phillies need to do is not LOSE the division in the first 2 months of next season. Remember, the Mets and the Phils of the past two years of taught us that you can't win a division in the first two months. On the other hands, the Natties have taught us that you definitely can lose one.

As long as the Phils are within striking distance on my birthday of June 1, Utley will come in and propel them to glory. And I'm gonna make a bold claim, because I'm a true believer: the Phils will be in 1st place in the East on June 1, 2009.

p.s. Utley's return on my birthday...what a present that would be! I just bought his jersey, too (nice quality, with a World Series patch, at Modell's a few weeks ago...it deserved my hard-earned money, if only for that punch-out of Jason Bartlett at home in Game 5...)

Bob D said...

Could we see an Iguchi return? Then when Utley returns it can be a battle between Bruntlet and Iguchi and possibly Donald for a roster spot. Iguchi would be able to play 2B, 3B, &SS so he could also be insurance for Feliz. Plus Iguchi stated he wanted to return.

When Utley returns it may take a month or 2 to get to full speed.

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