According to a tweet by Peter Gammons this afternoon, it appears that Chase Utley will indeed be having surgery. Utley injured his thumb sliding into second base on Monday in Cincinnati and took himself out of the game in the ninth inning. At the time, it had been speculated that if Utley were to need surgery to remedy a tear in his thumb he could be expected to sit for at least 6-8 weeks.
With the trade season in full swing, it was assumed the Phillies would be shopping for pitchers. However with Utley down for the count, Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list, and Jimmy Rollins still fresh from his second trip to the DL it’s safe to say Ruben Amaro, Jr. will have to make some quick decisions. Does he fill the void that Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, and Greg Dobbs are left to tend to in the interim or does he continue to focus on the mound that has been equally plagued by injury in 2010?
More details to come throughout the day.
UPDATE (2:32 pm) – According to CSNPhilly.com Chase Utley had surgery on his thumb in NYC this morning.