A few intriguing Utley answers

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has yet to play in a spring training game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The man himself says it best today, and all of a sudden, Chase Utley has a big-picture approach to things:

How much do you know about the issues you have?

UTLEY: Well, it's something I'm trying to educate myself more and more on. Trying to get as many opinions as possible on how to treat it. There's no black and white here. It's something you have to deal with. And obviously it's a little frustrating right now, but we have to look at the big picture and try to get this resolved, obviously quickly, but also be in good spirits for the long run.

Is surgery the last resort or are you considering it?

With Chase Utley and Domonic Brown sidelined, should the Phillies pursue a trade?

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UTLEY: I think that's a last resort at this point. We're going to try to exhaust every avenue prior to that and continue to see how it goes and monitor it on a daily basis. Again, it is frustrating. At this point I have to stay positive and stay on top of things, which I think we've been doing.

If you have the surgery, miss four to six weeks and come back why not do that?

UTLEY: Well, what you said would make sense. But it's not that cut and dried.

Is it time to take more precaution in the field?

UTLEY: I broke my hand a few years ago, which in my opinion was a freak thing. I tore a ligament in my thumb, which again, was a fairly freakish type of injury. A had a hip issue a few years ago that we treated and has responded extremely well. So in that aspect, it's tough. I've played this game for a little while and I feel like I play it the right way. I don't know any other way to play.

Do you have any expectations for when you could play?

UTLEY: It really is unknown. I'm doing everything I can at this point to get back on the field. There is no timetable. We're not going to look for the short-term solution. I want to be smart about this and realize I have three years left under this contract to fulfill.

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