May 23, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT
With the Phillies enjoying an off day in Washington, DC before kicking off a weekend set with the Nationals on Friday, second baseman Chase Utley was in Philadelphia today getting an MRI done to diagnose his right side/rib area.
The team said on Thursday evening that Utley has suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain and will hit the 15-day disabled list.
The full statement from the Phillies:
2B Chase Utley has been diagnosed with a very mild grade 1 oblique strain. There is no intercostal injury or rib cage injury. Utley is being placed on the 15-day DL. A corresponding roster move will be made to replace him on the 25-man roster.
From GM Ruben Amaro Jr: “The recovery for this type of injury should take between 2-4 weeks. We do believe and hope that Chase will be ready to play in Philadelphia within 15 days. We are being cautious with this injury as it is a tricky one and want to make sure it isn’t an issue for him throughout the season.”
Chase first noticed the injury earlier in the week in Miami while taking just a few swings during batting practice.
“I’ve talked to a few guys on this team who have had it. Some guys I played with in the past had it. The main thing they said was, ‘Don’t rush back,’ ” Utley said. “That’s when you can make it worse and prolong the time you’re out.”
So don’t expect him to be rushing back anytime soon.
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