Second baseman Chase Utley was placed on the 15-day disabled list today after having successful surgery on the fourth metacarpal in his right hand. He had a pin inserted into the hand during the 20-minute surgery that was performed this morning by Dr. Randall Culp at Methodist Hospital. Utley's expected recovery time is up to four weeks.
Utley, 28, injured his right hand after being hit by a pitch by Washington starter John Lannan in the fifth inning of yesterday's game at Citizens Bank Park. He remained in the game and got two more at-bats. He is hitting .336 with 41 doubles, 17 home runs and 82 RBI this season. Entering play today, Utley leads the National League in doubles, is tied for the league lead in hits (134) and extra-base hits (61) and ranks second in total bases (232) and third in RBI.
To replace him on the roster, the Phillies purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Joe Thurston from triple-A Ottawa. Thurston, 27, hit a combined .278 with three home runs and 44 RBI in 105 games between double-A Reading and Ottawa. He was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week twice this season. Thurston played mostly second base but also made appearances in left field and center field. He will wear #10.
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