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Chase Utley Gets Cortisone Shot in Right Knee; Very Glad They Signed Cliff Lee

As reported by millions, including Jim Salisbury of, the Phillies have confirmed that second baseman Chase Utley has received a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee.  Utley and General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. have both acknowledged "concern."

Soooo, yeah.  This isn't worth of a Walt Whitman Swan Dive or Despairing Cries* just yet, but we, too, are "concerned."  The mere possibility of losing your best position players is pretty daunting.

Aside from MVP Wilson Valdez, Ryan Lawrence of the Daily Times raises the possibility of Delwyn Young getting playing time at second base.  Or as our own PhillyFriar has suggested, what about Willy Aybar?


* "Despairing Cries," from Leaves of Grass



DESPAIRING cries float ceaselessly toward me, day and night,
The sad voice of Death—the call of my nearest lover, putting forth, alarmed, uncertain,  
This sea I am quickly to sail, come tell me,  
Come tell me where I am speeding—tell me my destination.  

I understand your anguish, but I cannot help you,
I approach, hear, behold—the sad mouth, the look out of the eyes, your mute inquiry,  
Whither I go from the bed I now recline on, come tell me;  
Old age, alarmed, uncertain—A young woman’s voice appealing to me, for comfort,  
A young man’s voice, Shall I not escape?