Okay folks, I know we're on Utley overload, but as long as it's relevant we'll report it.
Dan Knobler of CBSSports.com is reporting that Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge has agreed to talk with Chase Utley about his patellar tendinitis. The request was made by the Phillies because Inge had the condition before, and Utley has it now. So… it makes sense.
Inge has yet to speak with Utley, but it seems that surgery was the only thing that helped Inge overcome the condition.
"I know one thing," Inge said. "The pain associated with it is not fun. If it's the same thing I had, he has two options: get it taken care of and miss the season, or really, really suck it up."
Knobler also mentions that Inge's "knees are finally feeling good again, nearly a year and a half after surgery." Basically, the full recovery takes a while. What's more discouraging… Inge waited almost four months after the surgery to return to the field, but insists even that was still too early.
The only positive from the piece is that Inge was also affected at the plate. Utley has said that he feels no pain when taking batting practice, so maybe Utley's tendinitis isn't as bad as Inge's was… but that's all speculation at this point.
The more we find out… the less positive we become. "Chase Utley News Day" continues folks, but there's still no good news to report.