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Chase Utley's hurt thumb leads Monday's barrage of injury news

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If you chose to watch baseball, you know that Monday night was a good time to start investing in gauze and bandages. My Twitter feed was one long stream of big names and updates on their various ailments.

There were so many, in fact, that I felt like slamming a few painkillers myself before falling asleep in a tub of ice.

At any rate, here's a rundown of all the injury news that occurred. We'll update this post with the missing condition statuses as they come into focus.

Philadelphia Phillies star Chase Utley(notes) tried to stretch a single into a double against Cincinnati, but all he got was a lousy injured thumb that forced him from the game a few innings later. Phillies Nation is holding its breath as Utley will have an MRI Tuesday.

UPDATE: Uh-oh. The Phillies not only announced on Tuesday that Chase Utley will be headed to the 15-day DL, but Placido Polanco(notes) will be joining him with an elbow injury. Both appeared headed to the All-Star Game, but now they're creating the precise situation I said the Phillies must avoid if they want to win their third straight NL pennant. Terrible news for a team that's already 3.5 games out of first place.

• You've probably winced at the replay already, but Joel Zumaya(notes) suffered what looked like a horrific arm injury in Minnesota, collapsing to the ground after throwing a fastball to Delmon Young(notes). This came a few hours after Tigers teammate Magglio Ordonez(notes) was scratched from his start after aggravating a previous oblique injury during batting practice.

UPDATE: Zumaya's done for the season with "a non-displaced fracture of the olecranon." (That's a fancy way of saying "broken elbow.")

• We wuz robbed of seeing Jason Heyward(notes) face Stephen Strasburg(notes) in Atlanta and now we'll likely miss watching J-Hey make his first All-Star appearance in two weeks. The Atlanta Braves outfielder was placed on the 15-day DL with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb. Heyward says he's been playing in pain for the last six weeks and it's likely that he'll hurt for the rest of the year. It'll be interesting to see if Heyward's injury allows Strasburg to make gains in a NL Rookie of the Year race that he started two months after his division mate.

• The Boston Red Sox didn't play, but they did get news that Dustin Pedroia(notes) will miss six weeks with a broken foot and determined that catcher Victor Martinez(notes) has a broken thumb that will keep him out for a TBD amount of time. And just when the Red Sox were making major gains in the AL East and wild card race ...

• The Cardinals finally decided that David Freese's(notes) ankle injury was more serious than initially thought, sending the rookie third baseman to the disabled list.

• And last, but not least, first-base umpire Alfonso Marquez had to leave the White Sox-Royals game after the Kansas City heat that Ichiro made famous got to him. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released back into the dangerous baseball jungle from whence he came.

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