NEW YORK — The options presented to Ross Gload were bleak: Either play through the sometimes searing pain of a muscle tear in his right hip or undergo season-ending surgery.
Gload, 35, said he's too old to even contemplate a four-month rehab from surgery. So that left one choice.
"I just have to stay on it and deal with it," Gload said. "I don't really know. I'm kind of new to it too."
Gload, the Phillies' top pinch-hitter, does not play often in the field. The injury, he said, can be managed with the right exercises and medication. It is not dissimilar to the hip injury Chase Utley played through for a good portion of 2008.
The hip began bothering Gload sometime in mid-April. So he has played a month with the pain. It just wasn't until recently that the Phillies ordered further testing to reveal the extent of the damage. Gload said he is unsure how the injury occurred but he never felt a tearing sensation.
"Some days are better than others," Gload said.
Read Sunday's Inquirer for more on Gload.
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