Utley Playing Hurt Again?

Chase Utley fields a ball against New York on Thursday. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

During an interview, first base coach Davey Lopes said the Chase Utley has been playing hurt, dealing with “a little bit of a knee injury.”

The All Star second baseman is batting a horrible .257 on the season, numbers that do not reflect how good of a hitter Utley his. In fact, in the month of June, Utley is batting .187 with only nine hits, seven runs, and two extra-base hits, both doubles. He also has only driven in two runs (26 RBI on the season), a number fans aren’t used to seeing from a player who drives in over 100 runs a season.

It’s not the first time the Phillies tried to keep an injury to a key player under wraps. It also isn’t the first time Utley is attempting to play hurt. In 2008, Utley played all season, struggling down the stretch and into the post season, with a hio injury that required off season surgery. Last season, Raul Ibanez was hampered with a groin injury that affected the way he played after the All Star Break. Brad Lidge’s elbow problems were also at one point kept quiet, leading to his 11 blown saves in 2009.

Hopefully there will be more to follow with what his injury is. If it’s a day-to-day injury, then expect to see Greg Dobbs getting more playing time at third and Placido Polanco at second, another reason Polly was signed.

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