Utley and Polanco headed to the DL

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, June 29, 2010 02:27 PM | Comments: 96
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Chase Utley and Placido Polanco have been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Chase sprained his right thumb in last night’s game as he was thrown out attempting to stretch a single into a double via a head first slide.

Placido, who has been nursing a right elbow injury, received a cortisone shot on Monday. Unfortunately it did not help. He will likely need surgery in the offseason, but the Phils hope some rest will at least get him to game-shape.

Greg Dobbs and Brian Bocock have been recalled and will join the team in Cincinnati.

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  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Greg Dobbs???? WTF?????!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    Joe Crede is still a free agent.

  • Posts: 0 Publius

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here

  • Posts: 0 mike

    well…uhh…that happened.

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Not only do we get Dobbs red hot bat, we get more of his stellar fielding at 3rd.

  • Posts: 0 TBOH

    “3rd Base Dobbs” is the worst kind! Run!

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    No no no, not Dobbs again. Come oooooon. Okay NOW you can say I’m whining, Chuck.

    And worst of all – and I apologize before I even say his name but I think folks should know it’s being said – Ken Rosenthal has said the Mets are likely going to get . . . yes, Clifton Phifer Lee.

    This is a really deeply baaad day.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I just tossed -

  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    They made it to the playoffs without Utley for 2 months in 07, and I think they can make to the playoffs this season too. Also, another positive thing is that this is right near the All-Star break, so they get a few more days to heal.

  • Posts: 0 cheryl

    Dobbs? You gotta be s#itti** me! puleeze.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I really don’t give 2 sh*ts about Cliff Lee right now…

    Because even if we DID have him on the team…it has ZERO to do with the injuries to the everyday lineup.


    As for Dobbs, I was REALLY happy when he was sent down, and I can’t understand why guys like Ransom get passed over for. Isn’t that what he (Ransom) was brought to the organization for in the first place??…to come up when it was needed and show what he’s got??

    Well…let’s just cheer for Dobbs….maybe he will make the most of this opportunity and get it together??

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    This is the beginning of the end for the Phillies

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    It could be just what the Phillies need.

    There’s always “unsung heroes” that we never think about until they show us what they can do.

  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    I’m with Chuck. Remember Iguchi in 07?

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  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I don’t think this is just what the Phils need, Chuck.

    This is bad, bad news. Still A LOT of season left… Utley, Polanco, Happ need to come back strong, and quickly.

  • Posts: 0 mnjam


    Dobbs and Bocock are NOT those guys — they’ve shown that.

    Atkins and Ben Francisco might be. No interest. Not using them.

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    Hey maybe it can be a chance for the Phills to rebuild their farm system, trading werth, Ibanez, rollins, and Moyer, just think about it, it will better their future, can’t win every season.

  • Posts: 0 DBloc

    In light of this news, I vote the gameday beer to be Uncle Cholly’s favorite: a bottle of VO

  • Posts: 0 norm14

    Hang in guys. Nobody said it was going to be easy.

  • Posts: 0 Havoc

    To early to think about rebuilding, especially with how the Phils have played down the stretch the last few years. These two injuries really sting though. Just gotta keep the faith.

    Of course an offering to the baseball gods never hurt either…

  • Posts: 0 Philly Fever

    Get rid of the those 2 ex-mets, they brought the injury jinx with them!!!!

  • Posts: 0 JK

    Bocock in Lehigh Valley: .179/.239/.231…7 extra base hits in 237 plate appearances

    Ransom in Lehigh Valley: .238/.311/.470… 32 extra base hits in 316 plate appearances

    Why is Bocock getting the call? What’s the point of even having Ransom is he isn’t gettin called in this situation and a stiff like Bocock is?

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Don’t puke, but the Phils could probably get Pedro Feliz for a bag of balls. Stros would pay a lot of his salary as well since he’s on the pine. Despite his bad year he’s still hitting over .280 against lefties. Get creative Rube and bring back Feliz and Meyers.

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    See that’s the problem with you Phillie fans, don’t know when to quit huh, why continue to compete, the Mets are a pitcher, and Beltran away from taking the division, the Braves are slightly better than them at the moment, why not boost the farm system, get something for werth, he’ll be gone anyway, Rollins, and Ibanez are getting old, and Moyer I mean he’s been a beast but seriously why keep him, why add on to the payroll, they should build around, Howard, Utely, and Halladay, oh and Victorino.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Good thing these guys will be back for the 2nd half …. when we start to play .600 ball again every year!!

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    Now you guys know how if feels watching you team have so much injuries, couldn’t bare watching the Mets last season for that reason

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    Hey Don by the time they come back, the Braves, and Mets will probably be well ahead in the division.

  • Posts: 0 George

    Sure, they made the playoffs without Utley for two months. But at the time, they still had their third baseman, all their starters and relievers, and a decent backup at second. That’s a BIG difference.

    Also that year, Rollins wasn’t coming off an injury which is known to have long-term effects.

    The Phils will now be playing games with three bench warmers in the lineup (unless Ruiz is fully recovered, then it’s STILL two), an emergency starter in the rotation, and no regular set-up man in the ‘pen. Although I’m usually optimistic about this team, I no longer think they stand much chance this year. It’s not time to rebuild, though.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Beltran isn’t helping any Major League team this year…

    Pelfrey is currently having his career year, Maine is done, and Dickey got figured out last night ..

    Mets will be lucky to win 85 games this year… especially because they’ll have to play in September, the month in which their “team leaders” seem to play tight, cause too many errors, etc..

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Whats the difference between the 2009 Mets and 2010 Phillies? Even after all these injuries, the Phillies still have a winning record, and still have a fighting chance to win the division. Whats the difference between 2009 Mets fans and 2010 Phillies fans? in 2008 Mets fans kept saying, “if only we didnt have these injuries” (kept blaming injuries). 2010 Phillies fans keep asking why the TEAM is playing like CRAP, not pointing a relatively mediocre record (mediocre for the Phillies, but a really good record for the Mets, hmm I guess Phillies fans have higher expectations than 2nd or 3rd place for their team) has much to do with injuries. Either way, Bocock and Dobbs couldnt even make the Pirates roster I would say. We have plenty of other talent to bring up. Is Charlie, or RAJ giving up? It almost feels like even after breaking out of the slump, and looking much better, one of both of them are giving up. I dont know why they would, and I cant explain why it feels like that. Cant wait for Happ to get back. Hopefully he is the Happ we all knew and loved in 2009 regular season.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Dont look know MysteryMet, but even after a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE stretch of looking like the 2009 Mets, the Phillies are still WELL withing striking distance. What are the Phillies back now, like 5.5 games? maybe 4.5 games. DUH.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I meant dont look NOW

  • Posts: 0 MplsPhilsFan

    Ya know, I am really going to enjoy it when the Mets go on their 11 game death march out to the West Coast after the All Star breakand are in third by a healthy margin by the time they return to that ugly money pit they call a home stadium

    Also, isn’t it about time for Reyes’ annual trip to the DL for a hamstring issue?

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    And why not George, the guys I mention will probably be gone by a season, or two.

  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    When do we give the Steve Jeltz Award to Ruben Amaro? He’s given all of these multi-year deals to players who are at best in the midrange of their careers and who have probably peaked in performance while at the same time unloading what was left in our farm system.

    Is it too late to get Mike Arbuckle back?

  • Posts: 0 Greg

    How can you not be optimistic, or at least have some hope? It’s only 10 games without 2 players. Even if we go 4-6, we will still be no more than 4.5 GB the Braves.

    We’ve overcome way larger deficits before.

  • Posts: 0 AZ Phills fan

    Well if it was going to happen now is as good as time as any. With the Phills having two against cincy and then 4 against pitt on the road followed by a 7 game homestand against cincy and braves the Phills should be ok as long as they hit even with the subs.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    So while Rollins was out … and Utley, and Werth weren’t hitting at all …

    those teams didn’t run away with the division, but Polanco is out again, and Utley on the 15-day DL .. and suddenly the Mets and Braves are taking the division by the All-Star break?

    Mets are improved, but they sure as hell don’t scare anyone..

  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Even if the Mets get Lee, I still wouldn’t be worried about them. As long as that joke of an Ace Santana is up at #1, I’m not worried.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Ibanez was pretty far from “Midrange in his career” last year ….. and without him putting up MVP numbers in the 1st half of last season, and carrying our team until Howard took the torch in the 2nd half …. we wouldn’t have even made the playoffs, let alone a 2nd straight World Series

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    Yeah Brian your right, but the Mets had the whole team last year injured, the Phills have a guy here and there getting injured, the Phills are a good team, but I was just suggesting to rebuild, what’s so wrong about thinking about the future huh, what you think Moyer, rollins, Ibanez is getting younger or something.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    really nickfrom germantown? Can we say Halladay, Lee in 2009, Ruiz (granted he is injured) prior to Polanco getting injured he was looking pretty darn good. Do you honestly expect a GM to have EVERY SINGLE DEAL turn out to be a blockbuster. Think about it. You also talk about “unloading what was left in our farm system”. Let me ask this, do you like Having Roy Halladay on the Phillies? Did you like watching Halladay pitch a perfect game? Do you realize if the Phillies had scored at least 3 runs in every one of his starts, he would have what 2 or 3 losses now? If you said yes to any of that, then get a clue. The “farm system” (which still does have talent even though you dont think so) is unloaded MOSTLY because of the Halladay deal, not to mention the Lee deal in 2009, how did he do?

    And before you bash RAJ for not keeping both, think about all the money to keep all of them. We would have kept him for 1 year, with no chance to sign nother pitcher (even if Blanton has been below expectations) The Phillies basically would have had both for 2010, and seeing his injuries and some of his outings, and seeing the worse than usual streak the Phillies got on, that wouldnt have helped. But I guess people need to complain about something.

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    Greg your an idiot, everyone knows Santana is a 2nd half pitcher, so lets say the Mets do get Lee, doesn’t that really make them a scary team to hit against, Pelfrey is a beast, Niese got his shit together, Lee is a killer, and no one for some reason can score on Dickey, plus the Mets are getting Beltran back, why wouldn’t they be a scary team to play against.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Who of the Mets starters were injured? Reyes, Beltran and one other? Gee thats really the entire team isnt it. Last time I checked the Mets still had 2 out of 3 starters in the outfield, 2 out of 4 startes in the infield, and the starting catcher. Hmm so that was 3 players out. Since when is 3 players the “whole team” LOL. Nice try though, try again. How about the starters and bullpen? The Phillies have not had their entire Pitching staff intact yet this season. Lidge, Happ Blanton and Romero started on the DL, Madson went before they got back, Back, Happ is still out, sent another to the DL, and yet Phillies fans dont make excuses for the injury’s for not looking good, we ask why they play like crap regardless of who is in. LOL Pretty bad argument.

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    Dude last I check, Wright had time in the Dl, Franceour, had time, Santana, Niese, Castillo, see you don’t know cuz you just keep up with the Phills, but the Mets had a horrible injury prone season, so check the records before you start writing nonsense

  • Posts: 0 MysteryMet

    Brian you really think the Phills starters can outpitch the Mets, other than Hallladay, last I checked the Mets left the Phills with no runs, and the Mets swept them, and now it’s said that the Mets are getting Lee, that would equally your precious Halladay, so how exactly are the Phills going to pull out of this one.

  • Posts: 0 Randomguy

    “You feeling lucky Punk, well do ya”

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Ouch… on one hand, Utley has been slumping mightily (he has hit 1 HR since May 21st; that’s 1 HR in 34 games… 1 HR in his last 144 plate appearances and 1 more HR than I have over that stretch) and a rest might turn his season around. On the other hand, the replacement value couldn’t be much lower for these two players. Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Greg Dobbs and Brian Bococki aren’t worth the sweat on Utley/Polanco’s collective jock strap. It’s going to hurt the team but maybe it’s worth it if he can rest up and come back with a clean bill of health. If there’s any time that I would want to see him on the 15 day DL, it’s right now (before the AS break). Polanco’s elbow has really been nagging him… wonder if that long throw from 3rd has anything to do with it.

    In any event… if we can get to the all-star break within striking distance (<5 GB), there's no reason to panic. August and September are typically when this team turns it on; that's typically when the big man says, "Jump on my back and let me take you to the promised land." I expect nothing less than another Division Title.

  • Posts: 0 George

    Ransom’s .238 isn’t all that much better than Bocock’s .179, particularly coupled with his bad reputation on defense. There are always other considerations, too, like attitude, speed and baserunning skills, a team’s ability to option without having to DFA a player, etc. I don’t really know these two players, but I’m sure the Phils do, and have made the correct decision on who to bring up.

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