If things do not get better for the all-star second baseman, Chase Utley will find himself starting off the 2011 season on the disabled list.
The Phillies organization has been keeping quiet about Utley. He has recieved cortizone shots and has not played a single game this month.
He took batting practice Tuesday at Bright House Field, but remains unable to run or take fielding practice.
He has patellar tendinitis, chondromalacia and bone inflammation in his right knee. Nothing short of a miracle would get Utley heathy enough in the next 17 days to start opening day.
This means that Wilson Valdez will most likely be starting at the second base position.
Valdez has played in 15 games during spring training. He is batting an amazing .483, more than 200 points higher than he had in his 111 games last season with the Phillies.