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Utley News Is Worrisome, But Phillies Aren’t Done Yet

By Danny Knobler

(CBS) – Before we predict the demise of the Phillies, let’s remember that Chase Utley missed nearly two months of the 2011 season and they still won 102 games.

They still have that great starting rotation, with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. If anything, they’re stronger at the end of games, with Jonathan Papelbon taking over for Ryan Madson.

The question to ask now, with the Phillies admitting to new concerns about Utley’s right knee, isn’t whether they’re done. It’s whether they are showing enough age to come back to the pack in the ever-more-competitive National League East.

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