Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Phillies and the NL East Depth Chart: Second Base

The Phillies have one of the best second baseman in baseball. Chase Utley has redefined the words, “All Star.” He has also become famous for uttering some other words that aren’t fit for this blog, last year. Utley, seems so humble, so mild mannered on the field and in the dugout, but the events of last year at the All Star Game and then again at a Phillies celebration have caused a few to raise an eyebrow. This doesn’t take anything away from his field career but it does not make a good example for kids to follow and emulate and of course ruins any endorsement deals this great baseball player could be getting as well.

Chase Utley is a three time All Star already in his career, he has led the league in several categories in the last two years, and he is a three year recipient of the Silver Slugger award. Chase played with an injured hip for a lot of the second half of the season for the Phils last year, his injury was not revealed until after the season. He’s been hit by a pitch more than any other Phillies player in the past couple years, and played the toughest on the team as well. Chase is in a league of his own, he maybe the best all around player in all of the MLB.

Phillies depth chart: Second Base

(My number 1 of NL East 2nd basemen) Chase Utley - perhaps the best all around player in the MLB – an instant selection to one of the greatest Phillies ever to have played in the Phils uniform.

Marcus Giles - former starter for the Braves for years, signed a one year deal in San Diego and didn’t have the kind of season he was accustomed to in Atl. He is a solid backup for Chase in the infield if he makes it to the big club from the minors.

Atlanta Braves:

(My number 3 of NL 2nd basemen) Kelly Johnson - a young player who keeps getting better. 12 HR’s and 69 RBI last year.

Martin Prado - back up infielder could be a starter in his own right, perhaps he’ll get more playing time this season.

Florida Marlins:

(My number 2 of NL 2nd basemen) Dan Uggla – Uggla is a lot like Chase Utley, yes their last names begin with the letter ‘U’. Uggla also plays the game similar to Utley- very well. Uggla won his arbitration case this year and the Marlins have to pay him 5.35 million for 2009.

New York Mets:

(My number 4 of NL 2nd basemen) Luis Castillo – Luis had the worst season of his career last year – the Mets tried to deal him but had no takers. He used to be one of my players I liked to watch when he was with the Marlins, but no more. He could be a big reason the Mets fell apart last year.

Alex Cora – yet another former Marlin, gets $2 million for being a backup infielder for the Mets this year. He may steal Castillo’s spot if Luis doesn’t produce.

Washington Nationals:

(My number 5 of NL 2nd baseman) Anderson Hernandez – may be the Nats 2nd base starter this year. Good average in last year’s brief number of games. Rounds out my list, he could be this year’s surprise at 2nd base.

And finally for anyone who may have missed what Chase Utley’s injury was here is a reprinted article from a Phillies fan’s blog called from last year:

In case anyone was curious about Chase Utley's injury and possible treatment, here is some excellent info from Enjoy.
Hip arthroscopy is performed through small incisions using a camera to visualize the inside of a joint. Through several small incisions (about 1 centimeter each) your surgeon will insert a camera into one incision, and small instruments through the other incisions.

What is the benefit of hip arthroscopy compared to open surgery?
The nice part about hip arthroscopy is that it is much less invasive than traditional hip surgery. This means:

    • Early rehab
    • Accelerated rehab course
    • Outpatient procedure
    • Smaller incisions
    • Early return to sport

What conditions can be treated with hip arthroscopy?

  • Labral Tear
    The labrum of the hip is a cuff of thick tissue that surround the hip socket. The labrum helps to support the hip joint. When a labral tear of the hip occurs, a piece of this tissue can become pinched in the joint causing pain and catching sensations.
  • Loose Bodies
    Loose bodies are pieces of cartilage that form within the joint. They look like small marbles floating within the joint space. These loose bodies can become caught within the hip during movements.
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
    Snapping hip syndrome has several causes, some of which can be treated with hip arthroscopy. If something is catching within the hip joint, hip arthroscopy can be used to relieve this snapping. Also, hip arthroscopy can be used to perform a psoas tendon release in cases of internal snapping hip syndrome.
  • Cartilage Damage
    In patients with focal cartilage damage, meaning not
    widespread arthritis, hip arthroscopy may be helpful. These patients may sustain an injury causing a piece of cartilage to break away from the surface of the bone. These patients may benefit from removal of that piece of cartilage.
  • Early Arthritis
    This is a controversial topic, as patients who have arthritis pain generally will not benefit from a hip arthroscopy. The patients who tend to benefit have specific finding of impingement (pinching) within the hip joint, and may benefit from removal of the bone spurs causing this impingement. This is only possible in the very early stages of arthritis, and even then may not offer relief of symptoms.
What are the possible complications from hip arthroscopy?
The most concerning complications of hip arthroscopy have to do with several important nerves and blood vessels that surround the joint. Nerve injury is uncommon, but can be a significant problem. The most commonly affected nerves include the sciatic nerve, the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (sensation to the thigh), and the pudendal nerve. Injury to any of the nerves can cause pain and other problems.

Other possible complications from hip arthroscopy include potential injury to normal structures, infection, and continued pain after the surgery. The rate of these complications is low, but patients need to understand the potential prior to undergoing a hip arthroscopy.

Medical info Posted by NE Phillies Phan

Read Jeff's take on Second Base in the NL here

1 comment:

  1. Rich,
    My 2nd base preview is up and your post is linked, if you want to add a link to mine into your story.