Green heads and black flies aren’t the only insects biting hard this season in the Tri-State area. The injury bug has been sinking it’s teeth into the Phillies this year, most recently getting a hold of Chase Utley and Placido Polanco. They were sent to the DL and in their places, Greg Dobbs was recalled and Brian Bocock will be getting his first action as a Phillie.
Polanco struggled with his left elbow for a few weeks prior before receiving his second cortisone shot of the season days ago. The elbow problem was not going away and the Phillies opted to put him on the DL. Utley injured his right thumb when attempting to stretch a single into a double in the fourth inning. He played until the ninth and had Juan Castro pinch-hit for him because he was having troubles gripping the bat.
Utley, who made it clear that if he is injured, he won’t play, was obviously in pain. He’s the toughest player on the team, playing through an injured hip during the 2008 season and knee pain this season thus far.
“But for him to leave a game … that’s the last guy that’s going to take himself out of a game,” Shane Victorino said. “He’s obviously hurting. I hope he’s not seriously hurt.”
Dobbs has been a mystery for the Phillies this year. He was sent down when Jimmy Rollins got healthy to get AB’s in Lehigh but his presence in the line up will be needed with the injury to Utley. The struggling third baseman was only hitting .222 in 66 at-bats for the Phillies. He now has a second chance to redeem himself and stay with the Phillies once Polanco and Utley return.
Bocock is only batting .179 in Lehigh this year. It’s a complete surprise the Phillies called him up. Melvin Dorta, another middle infielder like Bocock, would’ve been a better choice seeing as he’s batting .312 in 173 AB’s.