It isn't too common for players to give press conferences to update the media on a condition that hasn't changed much, but Chase Utley held a press conference on Sunday to update the world on how his knees feel. Turns out that the things people invented during his silence were scarier than the truth. Microfracture surgery. Retirement. Ryan Theriot trade rumors. The works.
But while Utley concedes that he isn't going to be ready for Opening Day, he isn't looking at any extreme options. From CSN Philly:
"I’m not looking at any surgery," Utley said. "I’m not looking at any type of injections. I’m looking at a daily routine that consists of manual therapy, strength training, mobilization of the joints."
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Utley flew to Arizona last week to visit a knee specialist, who developed a rehabilitation plan that did not involve surgery. When asked if he could have been ready for Opening Day if he had made the trip to Arizona earlier, Utley replied that he felt "pretty good coming into camp," so the extent of the knee pain seems to have surprised everyone.