March 18, 2011
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley(notes) hasn't played a game this spring training and it doesn't look like he'll be doing so anytime soon. He visited with an "undisclosed specialist" Thursday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"It would take a miracle for Utley to be ready" for opening day, the paper notes. Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan went with Utley on his "secret rehab visit," the paper reports.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Utley, who can't run or take regular fielding drills at camp, is making "minimal progress": "We're doing everything we possibly can to have him not get into a surgery," Amaro said, according to the paper. "Until we stop seeing progress, then we'll continue to exhaust all those possibilities."