Utley stays in Philly; may have concussion
September 8, 2011
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Chase Utley reacts after getting hit in the head by a pitch. (Screen grab courtesy of Philly Sports Daily)
Those were the words clearly mouthed by Chase Utley to home plate umpire Jerry Meals moments after being plunked in the back of the head by an Eric O’Flaherty fastball.
Though we didn’t see that part right away because Utley just stood in the box and trotted to first as if nothing happened. But the following has now brought concern to the Phillies.
As said by Charlie Manuel after the game, Utley “was alright in the dugout after until he went on the field and was standing up,” experiencing some headaches.
In a precautionary move, Utley did not fly out to Milwaukee with the team, who begin a four-game series with the Brewers in what will likely be the NLCS preview. The Phillies are testing him for concussion-like symptoms, which they hope to turn out mild.
“We’re waiting on Dr. [Michael] Ciccotti to confer with [head trainer] Scott [Sheridan] and one of the concussion specialists to see if it makes sense for him to fly,” Ruben Amaro said. “We think it’s very, very mild, but we want to be cautious with it.
“When you get a 90 plus fastball off your melon, you’ve got to be cautious about it.”