Injury Updates: Howard, Brown, Contreras and the missing Utley

Phillies Jim Thome (left) and Ryan Howard (right) talk during Spring Training. (CBS Sports)

Earlier this morning, Domonic Brown had an MRI on his injured right thumb. The results of that MRI showed Brown has some inflammation in his thumb, which he sprained on Monday diving for a ball against the Yankees.

But fortunately for Brown, who also fractured his hamate bone last season in the same hand during Spring Training, this injury isn’t as serious and he should be back in the line up next week.

HOWARD IN A BOOT — Ryan Howard will be put back in a walking boot for a week.

“Maybe longer,” G.M. Ruben Amaro said. “We’re just being really cautious with it. The wound itself has to heal. He’s doing fine. We just want to make sure it heals. It’ll heal. … We just want to make sure we don’t have any more recurrence of any infections at all.”

Unfortunately, but being in the walking boot, Howard won’t be working out, doing his conditioning and staying in shape. It’s a setback.

CONTRERAS NEARS RETURN — Reliever Jose Contreras threw another bull pen session today and is near a return to pitching in games. He hasn’t pitched since June 19.

STILL NO UTLEYVia Todd Zolecki:

Utley is hitting, but not really doing much of anything else on the field. “We’ve been keeping him off his feet,” Amaro said. He said he expects Utley to play at some point this spring, but could not say if he would play within the week. Amaro said it’s a decision between the club, doctors and Utley. The Phillies think Utley needs 30-40 at-bats to get ready for the season. They said that shouldn’t be a problem with Minor League Spring Training games beginning Monday.

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