They’re Shooting Cortisone Into Chase Utley’s Knee

Chase_utley_kneeIt's not good

Be concerned. Ladies and gentlemen, Chase Utley: 

The past week, I’ve been doing a lot of different things to try to alleviate the pain in my knee. And it hasn’t gone as well as I would have liked. Yesterday, I had a cortisone shot in my knee, just to try to get some of the inflammation out.


How's that for a gut punch on this lovely Saturday morning? From "general body soreness" to "cortisone shot," Chase Utley's health has gone from questionable to very concerning. Since we were first informed of Utley's tendinitis last Sunday, there has been no progression in his knee. And now the prognosis seems a little less clear. When asked if last week's MRI revealed any structural damage and if it could be anything more than tendinitis, Ruben Amaro said: [Delco Times]

"We feel it's patellar tendinitis. Could it be more than that? Perhaps. Right now, that’s what we have."

Amaro was asked if the MRI Utley had a week ago revealed structural damage.

"Not really," the GM said. "Again, we’re in a position right now where we’re just trying to calm down some of the pain he’s having there and if we can get him over the hump we’ll get him on the field."


Not all that convincing, Rube. Little different tune than last Sunday. Then again, we've come a long way since "body soreness," haven't we?

More Chase:

[I’ve never had it] this long. I’ve had it in terms of pain here and there, but this is kinda lingering longer than it has in the past. With that said, there is a little bit level of concern,but I think we’re doing the right things to try to get it better.


With that said, I'm worried. 


13 Responses

  1. even if he’s got some tearing of the meniscus (i say meniscus, because with a torn acl/mcl/pcl you couldn’t really swing a bat much less field) he could be back on the field in a matter of weeks post surgery. stop dicking around rube. if it needs surgery that isn’t season ending, just go ahead and do it now. i mean, if it really is inflammation of the patellar tendon, the cortisone injection should help, but he’ll likely still require surgery that would include some sort of debridement, likely still only costing him a few weeks instead of a full season.

  2. Lol. Go read Todd Herreman’s twitter. He commented on the Utley situation 3 times.

  3. I’m worried too, also pissed because Utley should’ve had that knee examined, if not operated on immediately after the Phillies’ playoff run ended. If he had, there probably wouldn’t be a problem today.

  4. Gamer or stupid? He should have been resting it even after the first MRI yet he was still hitting? Yeah pretty wise.

  5. By the by, Davey Lopes mentioned LAST SEASON that Utley wasn’t right physically, but was shot down in the press by Ruben Amaro. Suddenly, I’m wondering if Lopes’ departure in the offseason wasn’t all about money.

  6. Interesting point on Lopes. I’m wondering if this is something Lopes would open about and if it was something that did send his negotiations with the team south. It would be interesting to know.

  7. In treating many types of knee pain, inflammation is the first thing you must bring under control. When you have an injury, substances that cause inflammation invade your knee, causing further injury, which leads to further inflammation, and etc. leading to continuation of your knee pain.

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