Decisions on Utley, Polanco to wait until tomorrow

Placido Polanco and Chase Utley received inconclusive results on their injuries and will seek second opinions. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

Not much to report on Chase Utley and Placido Polanco, except that both will get second opinions on their respective injuries tomorrow. That, of course, means that we won't have a clear idea of a recovery timetable for either player until sometime tomorrow afternoon or evening.

Utley is scheduled to see hand specialist Randall Culp today for an exam of his sprained thumb. Polanco saw Dr. Steven Cohen today for a look at his sprained elbow.


J.A. Happ is likely to make another rehab start, a club official said today. Happ threw 100 pitches last night but allowed 10 of 22 hitters he faced to reach base. According to various people within the team, the Phillies are still uncertain about Happ's ability to retire hitters at the major league level. They need to see him with sharper stuff before they promote him to the active roster, which would likely result in the removal of Kyle Kendrick from the rotation.

Happ's 30-day rehab stint ends on July 7, meaning he only has time for one more start. The Phillies could apply for an extension, but they could also activate Happ and send him to the minors, because he has options available.


Another name to add to your list of available third basemen: Hank Blalock, whom the Rays designated for assignment today. Blalock hit .254/.319/.349 in 69 plate appearances for Tampa Bay. He hit one home run.

Blalock is a powerful left-handed bat who hit 25 home runs in 495 plate apperances a year ago and has averaged 26 home runs and a .791 OPS per 162 games in his nine-year career. But Blalock is not regarded as a strong fielder at third base.