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Utley To Have Surgery On Hip

According to MLB.com, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will have right hip surgery next week and may be out till June. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. does not plan to pursue a full time second baseman, but it is possible he would go after a platoon player. Losing Utley through June could be a big blow for the Phillies, considering Utley was hitting .321 with 21 HR though June 3rd last season. Utley will need a couple weeks to find his swing and get back in playing shape, so if he is ready to play by June, he probably won't be back with the team till mid or late June.

The Phillies have two in-house candidates in Eric Bruntlett and Jason McDonald, so they probably won't pursue a guy like Ray Durham or Mark Grudzielanek.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.