Today, Chase Utley spoke at length to reporters about his knee injury, and Todd Zolecki took it all down (MLB.com). Zolecki's big finish:
Q: You said there is no timetable, but do you see yourself back before the All-Star break? That's three months away.
A: That would be a goal, yes.
That's the goal? Within three months? Not April or May or June, but before the All-Star break?
It's not easy to overestimate the impact of a single player.
Actually, it's quite easy. People do it all the time. And it's a fact that the Phillies won 97 games last year despite both Utley and Jimmy Rollins missing big chunks of the season. But there's a big difference between one of the best players in the National League and some combination of Wilson Valdez and Luis Castillo.
The Phillies can win without Utley; they've proven that. But with Jayson Werth gone and Brad Lidge on the shelf and who knows what else, this thing might not be as easy as everyone thought.