Utley Out All WeekendFriday, September 09, 2011
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley suffered a mild concussion on Wednesday evening when he was struck on the top of his batting helmet by an Eric O’Flaherty pitch.
Utley is not being nagged by headaches, nor is he experiencing any concussion-related symptoms that could be considered severe, but the Phillies are going to take advantage of their comfortable lead in the National League East standings by giving their star second baseman all the time that he needs. And more. If he needs it. You get the point.
According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Utley is going to remain sidelined for the Phillies’ entire weekend series against the Brewers. If he passes an IMPACT concussion test on Saturday, the 32-year-old could return to action in time for Monday night’s series opener with the Astros. But he obviously needs to be benched in fantasy leagues for now.
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* We can put a bow on Andre Ethier’s 2011 campaign. The Dodgers announced Thursday that the 29-year-old right fielder will pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews on Friday and could need surgery to fix the problems that have been ailing his right knee. Ethier has been shut down for the season, and could miss part of 2012 if he indeed needs a leg procedure.
A .291/.364/.479 career hitter, Ethier turned in a disappointing .292/.368/.421 batting line over 551 plate appearances this year. He had a strong first half, but injuries sapped his power after the All-Star break and he wound up slugging just one home run during the month of August. He had just three dingers in July. Ethier’s status heading into spring training next February will be very much up in the air.
Juan Rivera, Trent Oeltjen, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Jerry Sands will split time at the Dodgers’ corner outfield spots down the stretch.
* The Brewers activated Rickie Weeks from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, but they did not use him in last night’s 7-2 loss to the Phillies and probably won’t allow him to return to the starting lineup until the middle of next week. The All-Star second baseman has been out since late July with a badly sprained left ankle and has not yet faced live pitching. He’s also just starting to perform lateral and stop-and-start movements. Don’t be fooled by the Brewers’ curious roster move. Keep him sidelined until he’s actually ready to play.
National League Quick Hits: The Phillies activated shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the 15-day disabled list … Ike Davis got confirmation Thursday that he will not need surgery to repair his troublesome left ankle … The Nationals have ruled out Bryce Harper (hamstring) from postseason play at Double-A Harrisburg … Chipper Jones homered and doubled Thursday while batting second for the first time since 1996 … Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic … Johan Santana (shoulder) could return to the Mets as a reliever as soon as next week … Jason Bay hit his fourth career grand slam Thursday in a loss to the Braves … The Giants released infielder Miguel Tejada and outfielder Aaron Rowand … Logan Forsythe underwent season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday … Juan Rivera drove in four runs Thursday in a defeat of the Nationals … Jason Isringhausen will be out several days due to a herniated disc in his back … The Marlins released utilityman Alfredo Amezaga … The Nationals plan to use Ivan Rodriguez merely as an emergency third catcher down the stretch.
American League Quick Hits: The Yankees are expected to promote pitching prospect Dellin Betances this weekend but he might not actually make an appearance in a major league game … Colby Rasmus (wrist) has begun taking batting practice and is expected to return to the Blue Jays’ outfield next week … The White Sox plan to give right-hander Jake Peavy at least one more start before shutting him down for the season … Adam Lind (wrist) will be back in the Toronto starting lineup Friday … Travis Hafner (foot) is on track to return to the Indians in mid-September … Vladimir Guerrero homered and doubled twice Thursday in the Orioles extra-innings victory over the Yankees … Red Sox starter Andrew Miller allowed five runs on eight hits Thursday in a loss to the Blue Jays … Conor Jackson remains day-to-day with a bruised knee … Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is up to 22 home runs … Brent Lillibridge has been diagnosed with a broken right hand and is likely done for the season.