PHILLIES: Polanco and Utley to the 15-Day DL

Some interesting news out of Cincinnati to report.

Looks like injuries to Placido Polanco’s elbow and Chase Utley’s thumb are a little bit more concerning than Philadelphia baseball fans would hope. Early Tuesday afternoon, both Utley and Polanco were placed on the 15-day DL according to Phillies Beat Writer Todd Zolecki. For Polanco, this stint may have been a long time coming as he has reportedly been dealing with a chronic elbow condition for the last six weeks or so. On the other end, it’s not like the injury has been affecting his performance, as he will go on the disabled list with the NL’s second best BA at .318.

However, for Utley, it truly could have been a lot worse. Injuries to fingers, especially the thumb, can be tricky when it comes to baseball players, when gripping and bat and throwing a ball are obviously integral parts of the game. The difference between a break and a sprain is HUGE. In this case, according to an MRI, with Utley it’s the ladder, and the likelihood is that he will only be out until the All-Star break, not September. However, according to Zolecki, there are still more tests that need to be done, so he is not completely out of the woods yet.

Pheww ….(for right now)

To account for the absence of Polanco and Utley for at least the next two weeks, the Phillies brought back up Greg Dobbs from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. I know I said last week after he was DFA (Designated for Assignment) that Dobbs’s career was probably finished in Philadelphia, but injuries in sports make the impossible, well, possible. Joining Dobbs on the plane ride to Cincinnati will be  Brian Bocock, who will also have his contract purchased from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A slick fielding SS who was hitting .179 in 65 games with the Iron Pigs before his promotion to the big leagues, Bocock should be nothing more than a defensive replacement, even with Utley and Polanco out of action.

The fact that Brian Bocock is now on the Phillies 25-man roster means that that Ruben Amaro and company will most likely be in the market for a utility infielder in the coming days, even hours. One name that will pop up will certainly be the recently released Garrett Atkins, being a former 20+ HR hitter with the Rockies just a couple years ago and Chase Utley’s former college teammate at UCLA. In addition to this, Atkins has spent time over the past four seasons at both 3B and 2B, ironically the two positions that Polanco and Utley play respectively.

The one thing that might prevent this.

Atkins was only batting .214 with the Baltimore Orioles this season before being released just a week ago. If he can’t play for the Orioles, the worst team in all of baseball, then why should he play for the Phillies?


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