Utley undergoes hip surgery

Phillies hoping for quick recovery for All-Star

MLB.com—November 24, 2008

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley took the first step of what will be a grueling process to prepare for the 2009 season, when he underwent Monday morning surgery on his right hip.

The two-time All-Star had the procedure performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

"Our early reports are that it was very successful surgery," said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. at the red-carpet premiere for the release of the DVD commemorating the 2008 World Series champions. "It was favorable."

Amaro declined to elaborate on exactly how favorable, saying more will be known Tuesday, when he confers with head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, Kelly and team physician Michael Ciccotti. The team is hopeful for a quick recovery, putting Utley in a uniform sooner than the worst-case scenario of the beginning of June.

Utley's condition was distressing news last week to a team that celebrated its first World Series title since 1980. One of the team's best hitters and one of its on-field leaders, Utley is a hard-nosed player who treats every play as if it's his last.

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