Phillies' Utley sidelined with tendinitis

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Clearwater, FL - Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley had an MRI on Saturday that revealed patella tendinitis in his right knee.

Utley has not played in any of Philadelphia's preseason games and the team will continue to rest him and gradually bring him back to full playing status as the injury heals.

He will not receive a cortisone injection and surgery for the 32-year-old has not been discussed.

"When you go out there and do baseball drills that you're not used to doing and you get a little sore and I told him that he'll play when he gets over this," said Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel. "I'm just keeping him out of the lineup till then."

In the past four years, Utley has had three surgeries. In 2007 his right wrist was operated on, his right hip after the 2008 season and on his right thumb this past July.

He appeared in just 115 games last season, the fewest since he became a full- time player. Over that time, he batted just .275 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI, all of which were the lowest since the 2004 season.


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