Phillies statement on Chase Utley

Chase Utley has yet to play a Grapefruit League game in 2011. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Phillies Team Physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti issued the following statement regarding Chase Utley’s health status.

“Chase has had mild patellar tendinitis and chondromalacia in the past that have previously resolved quickly.  His symptoms returned during his off-season workouts, and he developed some anterior knee pain consistent with his prior history.  When he reported to spring training this year, his knee was treated as it had been in the past, however his symptoms continued.  An MRI was obtained that demonstrated his prior tendinitis, chondromalacia, and bone inflammation.  His chondromalacia symptoms persisted in spite of focused non-operative care, including a cortisone injection.  A subsequent cartilage-specific MRI was obtained confirming the initial diagnosis.  Continued non-operative treatment is being carried out and additional opinions will be obtained.”


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