Utley Has Successful Surgery

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Ruben Amaro Jr. said tonight at the Phillies' World Series DVD premeire that Chase Utley had successful surgery on his right hip.

Major League Baseball premiered its 2008 World Series DVD last night at The Bridge Cinema De Lux in Philadelphia.

The DVD goes on sale today.

But before the premiere, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Chase Utley had successful surgery on his right hip today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The Phillies are expected to have more details tomorrow.

“What I can tell you is that our early reports are that it was a very successful surgery,” Amaro said.

So that's good news?

“Whenever you have surgery I don’t know it’s good news, but favorable I think would be a better word,” he said.

Utley’s recovery time has been estimated anywhere between four to six months.

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Amaro said he had nothing to report on contract negotiations with free agent lefthander Jamie Moyer. It is believed the sides are close, however, and a deal eventually will be struck.

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There is interest in the contract status of players Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels, despite the fact Howard can’t become a free agent until after the 2011 season and Hamels can’t become a free agent after the 2012 season. The Phillies feel no pressure to strike extensions with them at this time. Instead they could be focused on players who will become free agents after the 2009 season, like Ryan Madson and Jayson Werth.

“We have talked a little bit,” Madson said at the premiere. “No numbers, just, ‘Hey, we’re interested in signing you to a multi-year … something longer than a one-year deal. I’m all ears. I love the city. My wife loves the city. We want to. It just has to be the right deal for me because just around the corner is free agency and that’s what every player wants to get to.”

“Obviously he’s a valuable piece to our club and it’s certainly something we’re considering,” Amaro said.

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One amusing moment from the red carpet. One Phillies fan yelled a few times at Amaro to go out and get Matt Holliday.

Uh, dude, Holliday has been traded. It's been on the Internet and everything.

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