Our worst fears have been realized. Chase Utley will miss at least 8 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn muscle in his right thumb. If all goes well, he'll be ready to go around Labor Day. In order for it to matter, the Phillies will need to remain in contention in an increasingly-competitive NL East until then.
Placido Polanco will not require surgery on his elbow, but is suffering from tendinitis and will miss 3-4 weeks.
I would have to think the team will now certainly consider it's options on the trade market. Starting some combination of Juan Castro, Greg Dobbs, and Wilson Valdez on an everyday-basis is a bit scary, especially considering that starting catcher Carlos Ruiz is also out. is As noted in an earlier post, Awi Iwamura and Ty Wigginton are options. Garrett Atkins, a disappointment with the Orioles, could also be obtained on the cheap.