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Phillies’ Utley sits with knee tendinitis

Associated Press / February 28, 2011

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Phillies All-Star second baseman Chase Utley has patellar tendinitis in his right knee and missed his second straight exhibition game yesterday, after having an MRI on Saturday.

“It’s been bothering him enough and bothering me enough, frankly, to go ahead and do that,’’ general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of the MRI.

Utley has been taking regular batting practice. His knee becomes painful in explosive movements, such as running and fielding.

“I’ve had it in the past. It comes and goes,’’ said Utley. “It’s not going [away] as fast as I wish it would, but I think at this point it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’d rather miss a few games here than in the season.’’

The Phillies do not have a timetable for when they expect Utley to play in a spring training game.

“There’s no reason for us to push him now and make it a problem later,’’ Amaro said. “When he’s comfortable playing in games, we’ll play him in games and go from there.’’

Utley said the team “hasn’t even explored’’ the option of surgery at this point.

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