Phillies Utley To Undergo Hip Surgery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Nov. 20,2008
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies All Star second baseman Chase Utley and starting third baseman Pedro Feliz will undergo surgery within the next week.

Utley will have hip surgery next week and could resume baseball activity in three to four months. He was bothered by a right hip problem during the season, but still managed to lead all second basemen with 33 home runs and 104 RBIs. Depending on the extent of the repair needed, Utley may not
be fully healthy until May.

Feliz needs surgery on his back. He was scheduled for a lumbar discectomy Thursday. The operation will be followed by an eight-to-12 week rehabilitation program. Spring training begins Feb. 14. Philadelphia's first regular season game is April 5.

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