Utley to miss two games due to beaning

Chase Utley was hit by a 91 m.p.h. sinker in the sixth inning. (Tom Mihalek/AP file photo)

Chase Utley will miss at least two games as a result of being hit by a pitch on the helmet in the sixth inning on Wednesday night. Utley was removed in the eighth inning after complaining of a headache and he was taken out for further examination of a possible concussion.

“He won’t play the next couple of days, at least,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “The question is whether he will go to Milwaukee. We don’t know. We’ll have to see. Hopefully, he’ll be back for the weekend.”

The Phillies left Citizens Bank Park for the airport after Wednesday’s game to travel to Milwaukee for a four-game series against the Brewers that begins Thursday night.

Utley was hit by a pitch from Eric O’Flaherty as he batted in the sixth with two out and two on. He was hit by the first pitch of the at-bat, a 91 mile per hour sinker that struck him directly on the back of the helmet. Utley didn’t move to avoid the ball, which apparently took him by surprise.

“He didn’t see it,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He definitely didn’t want to get hit in the head.”

Utley stayed in the game and played the field in the seventh and eighth inning before being lifted for pinch hitter Ben Francisco in the bottom of the eighth. He was treated in the trainer’s room after the game for the headache and was unavailable for comment.