Chase Utley finally shut down with season-long ankle injury


Chase Utley being on pace to surpass the 500 plate appearances necessary to trigger next season’s $15 million is suddenly much less of an issue, as the Phillies placed the 36-year-old second baseman on the disabled list with right ankle inflammation.

Utley has hit .179 in 65 games this season and he originally injured the ankle during offseason workouts in January, but manager Ryne Sandberg was hesitant to blame the former All-Star’s struggles on the injury:

Not really. Because in my communication with Chase throughout the season about playing he’s always been up and willing to go and no real reports of anything holding him back, so I was a little bit surprised by it in some regards.

Utley admitted to Jim Salisbury of that the ankle has been an issue all season, although he added that “it’s hard to tell” whether it’s to blame for his career-worst performance.

It’s another sad turn in the story of a six-time All-Star who ranks as one of the greatest players in Phillies history and one of the best second basemen of this era, particularly after Utley stayed healthy enough to play 155 games last year and hit .270 with a .746 OPS to make the All-Star team at age 35.

He deserves a better final chapter.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.