Via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, we have this official statement from Phillies team physician Michael Ciccotti:
Chase has had mild patellar tendinitis and chondromalacia in the past that have previously resolved quickly. His symptoms returned during his off-season workouts, and he developed some anterior knee pain consistent with his prior history. When he reported to spring training this year, his knee was treated as it had been in the past, however his symptoms continued. An MRI was obtained that demonstrated his prior tendinitis, chondromalacia, and bone inflammation. His chondromalacia symptoms persisted in spite of focused non-operative care, including a cortisone injection. A subsequent cartilage-specific MRI was obtained confirming the initial diagnosis. Continued non-operative treatment is being carried out and additional opinions will be obtained."
This could sound better, right? If Utley continues to non-respond to non-operative treatment, eventually there’s going to be an operation. Which would change the picture in the National League East, at least a little.