Utley's surgery done; 4-6 months to recover

The Phillies announced today that second baseman Chase Utley had surgery on his right hip yesterday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Utley had an arthroscopic debridement of his labrum and a bony lesion that was present. Kelly reported the surgery went well and the findings yesterday were consistent with the diagnostic studies performed prior to surgery. It is anticipated that he will have a four to six month recovery period as previously described.

Third baseman Pedro Feliz had a lumbar discectomy performed on November 20 by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles and the procedure went well. The discectomy was performed on the L4-5 disc and Feliz will return home to complete his rehabilitation program, which is expected to require eight to 12 weeks.

In other words, the recovery times for Utley and Feliz have not changed.

Should Feliz require 12 weeks to recover, he would be ready in late February.

Should Utley require six months to recover, he woudl be ready in late May. But the Phillies said last week they think Utley can be ready earlier than that.