Utley out for 4-6 weeks…

Since last night, I have felt geniunely upset.

It wasn’t the chicken quesdillia at St. Stephen’s Green. That was delicious.

It wasn’t my inability to say hello to John Legend. I was too tired.

It wasn’t Dugan’s grabbing of a pretzel that lay on the ground on Kelly Drive. It did look tasty.


My upset-edness is a direct result of The Force That is Chase going on the Disabled List. I feel terrible. Chase was the anchor of the Fightin’ Phils, a guaranteed multi-hit game kind of guy who covered miles of range at second base. Phillies’ brass are saying that Chase should only be out 4-5 weeks and could be back for the final stretch of the season.
But what will that final stretch look like?
The Phils brought up some young buck to replace Chase on the 40 man roster and the consensus is that Abraham Nunez will get some playing time now.
That doesn’t make me feel any better.
The Trade Deadline is only a few days away and the injury to Chase only amplifies the Phils’ need to make a trade. But what kind of trade do they make? Do they go out and find a suitable replacement for Chase, someone like Houston’s Mark Lorretta, who will keep them in contention? Or do they call it a day, trade Aaron Rowand for some prospects and dump whoever else they can?
It’s a tough call.
Looks like the spotlight’s on good ol’ Pat Gillick to make something happen. But will he? It’s doubtful. Of all the trade rumors out there, barely a single one mentions the Phillies. They are neither buyers or sellers. They don’t have the young prospects to move to make an impact trade and trading Rowand is a sure sign that season is lost and management has to be reluctant to do that. Something needs to be done about the bullpen and now we need a replacement at second base, whether it’s just for the short time or for the rest of the season.

If only Dugan scooped up grounders like he scoops of pieces of trash and acorns, we’d at least be halfway there. But as far as I can tell, he’s got nothing when it comes to pitching or hitting.

Well, nothing’s perfect.

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