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Chase Utley To Miss Eight Weeks Following Thursday Thumb Surgery

Chase Utley had surgery on his thumb Thursday, and Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki comes through with the timetable:

Utley had sugery. Out 8 weeks.

The difference between this 8 weeks and the initially-estimated 4-6 weeks isn't enormous, but it's pretty big when you're talking about a player of Utley's caliber. Look for the Phillies to ramp up their trade talk as they search for a suitable fill-in.