Chase Utley scratched with discomfort in right ribcage

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. (David Goldman/AP)

MIAMI — Forty minutes before first pitch Tuesday, the latest cruel twist in a cursed Phillies season happened. Chase Utley was scratched from the lineup with what the team described as "discomfort on his right ribcage."

Utley felt the injury during batting practice. He will be examined Wednesday. That it was not an injury to his knees came as a modicum of relief. Utley has chronically injured knees that halved his last two seasons.

Freddy Galvis replaced Utley in the lineup at second base.

Utley leads the team with an .814 OPS. That figure led all National League second basemen entering play Tuesday.

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