The Phillies are now more then the walking wounded. They are a team of replacements. We now have 7 of our Opening Day roster on the DL. Let’s have a look at the list.
- Chase Utley - Utley sprained the ulnar collateral ligament of his right thumb in
Monday’s 7-3 loss to the Reds.
Utley had a MRI on Tuesday in Cincinnati, and then flew back to Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon and will undergo further testing
Wednesday. The Phillies said once they know the severity of the sprain,
they will know how to treat it. It could require surgery, although
Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said that would not
necessarily mean a longer stint on the DL.
- Placido Polanco – Polanco also returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday and was scheduled to
have a MRI in the afternoon. An X-ray revealed no fracture but
showed a bone spur that had been there before. An earlier MRI
also showed the spur. No timetable for either Polly or Chase.
- J.A. Happ – Happ is now one of the dark horses of this club. He’s been pitching a lot but the velocity has not really been there on his pitches. He could return to the club this year, but it’s uncertain when exactly that may be. The Phillies have other pitchers in their system that are currently performing better then J.A. Happ.
- Carlos Ruiz - Carlos could be playing now but is not eligible. He had been suffering from head aches from the bat that he took to the head, but says now that he is feeling good. Expect him to be activated next week when he is eligible. Carlos could possibly head to Triple-A Lehigh Valley for a rehab assignment as early as July 3 or 4.
- Antonio Bastardo – Bastardo was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17,
but couldn’t give a timetable for when he would begin throwing Antonio but said he
hoped it would be early next week, after he gets reexamined by trainers.
- Chad Durbin – Durbin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain. Durbin
said the typical recovery timetable is 10 to 14 days, although recovery
could take three weeks. We’ll see with this one cause I haven’t heard anything about him since he went out.
- Ryan Madson – Reliever Ryan Madson threw a bullpen session last
Thursday and will headed down to Clearwater, Fla., to begin a rehab
assignment for his surgically repaired right big toe. Most recently he was scheduled
to pitch Sunday for Class A Clearwater. Madson should be able to return to the club by the All Star break barring any setbacks.
The Phillies need to find away to keep their head above water. The Mets and the Braves are playing well, but will come back to earth. The Phillies will play their division most all of September but if they can hold on over this next month they will be in the pack hunting for fist place. We all know that you can’t count this team out.