Chase Utley gets cortisone shot

Updated: March 6, 2011, 8:24 AM ET news services

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley missed another spring training game Saturday after getting a cortisone shot in his right knee.

The 32-year-old Utley got the shot Friday. He has not appeared in any of the Phillies' eight exhibition games this spring, and was out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.


"The whole goal for me is to try to get this fixed as soon as possible, but also keep it in perspective," Utley said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I have to keep it right for the long haul as well. I think we're making the right progressions."

Utley said he's dealt with tendinitis in the knee before -- just not for this long.

"I've had it maybe in terms of pain here and there," he said, according to the report. "But this is lingering longer than it has in the past. So with that said, there is a little bit of level of concern. But I think we're doing the right things to try to get it better."

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said an MRI exam of Utley's knee last month revealed no structural damage, according to the Inquirer.

The team will wait and see if the cortisone shot reduces the inflammation and pain in the knee. If it doesn't respond to treatment, a closer look may be in order, Amaro said, according to the report.

"I think we have an idea of what's causing it; it's just not progressing," he said, according to the Inquirer.

Utley was held out of the first three games of the spring for "general soreness." The Phillies' medical staff performed an MRI on the knee last weekend, revealing patellar tendinitis.

Utley was limited to a career-low 115 games in 2010 after needing surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right thumb in July.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.