Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will require surgery to repair his injured thumb, according to MLB Network’s Peter Gammons.
Philadelphia could be without Utley for 5-6 weeks.
Utley, the leading vote-getter at second base for this year’s N.L. All-Star team, is hitting .277 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs. He suffered the injury June 28, hasn’t played since and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
The Phillies also are awaiting an update on the condition of third baseman Placido Polanco (elbow). Polanco, the N.L.’s leading vote-getter at third base, is scheduled to visit a specialist today. He is hitting .318 with five homers and 27 RBIs and also was placed on the disabled list Wednesday.