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Not yet able to run, Utley believes in '11 return

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08:13 AM ET 03.29 | Don't expect much in the way of precise injury updates in the near future. Chase Utley's right knee has progressed, albeit slowly, the Phillies say. He is able to take "light ground balls," but there is no running. There is no public timetable for his return, but Utley says it is a goal to return before the All-Star break and is convinced he will be on the field sometime in 2011. He said he has seen "more than a few" doctors and would not disclose the identity of some rehab specialists he has consulted. ... General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Utley is not a candidate for the 60-day disabled list. Amaro said he is hopeful Utley can return long before then -- but it's only a hope for now, because Utley cannot yet run.

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March 29, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Not looking good. I feel bad for any fantasy owners who may have taken him..

March 29, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Protect those knees.. they can make the playoffs without you so don't ruch back

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March 29, 2011  09:31 AM ET

Just wait 'til next year buddy.

March 29, 2011  09:47 AM ET

He'll want to return because he old school tough. They'll want him to return. But dude needs to be totally healthy before he even attempts to come back.

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March 29, 2011  09:55 AM ET
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I think his career is over. Too injury prone.

I wouldn't say that. Now, I'd agree that his days at 2nd base maybe be over, and part of his appeal is he gives you power at a position you don't normally get it from. But he'll eventually get healthy enough to play - just maybe at 1B or DH ... and not for the Phillies.

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March 29, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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Too bad really. Chase had a chance to be one of the all time greats.

That's what I'm thinking. He had about a seven year run where he was one of the most valuable players in baseball. It'd be a shame to see him go out like this.

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March 29, 2011  10:10 AM ET
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He's not made for athleticism.

He's been one of the elite defensive second basemen -- a very demanding defensive position -- for the better part of a decade, but he's not athletic...

Someone had an extra bowl of stupid for breakfast this morning.

March 29, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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what if he's old school tough but new school dumb?

Like Peavy? I think it's safe to say he's not that dumb.

March 29, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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About 4 years, actually.

You're right, it's not seven. I would give it five, though, '05-'09.

March 29, 2011  10:13 AM ET
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I wrote he has the skill, but like many players in other sports, they just don't have the physical healthiness that should accommodate it.

That might be what you think you wrote, but it wasn't.

March 29, 2011  10:16 AM ET

The Phillies are toast

On another note, is healtiness aword? Inquiring minds would like to know.

 
March 29, 2011  10:20 AM ET
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The Phillies are toastOn another note, is healtiness aword? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Tru Dat. The Braves are gonna have this wrapped up by the Break.

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