Sep 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) and second baseman Chase Utley (26) celebrate a victory against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. The Phillies defeated the Astros 12-6. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Can Chase Utley Stay Healthy?

The Philadelphia Phillies 2013 season is right around the corner, and for this team to have a successful season, it all comes down to the health of all-star second baseman, Chase Utley.

The 34-year old has been with the Phillies for his whole career and has always been one of the most important pieces to this franchise, having an outstanding career and being one of the fan-favorites here in the city of Philadelphia.

Due to injury, Utley only played 83 games last season, finishing with a batting average of .256, 11 homeruns, and 45 RBI’s. With the NL East continuing to improve, Utley is going to have to step up his game this year and stay as healthy as possible, especially because of the fact that the Phils are an aging ball club.

A few days ago, Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro Jr., was asked about Utley and his health on 97.5 The Fanatic, a Philadelphia sports radio station. Amaro Jr. said, “Chase is doing great. Five days a week he is taking ground balls and hitting. He’s got no pain at all and he feels great.”

This is great news for Phillies fans, as we are all hoping for an excellent and productive season from Utley and this ball club, but once again, it all comes down to Utley and if he can produce, execute, and stay healthy. The team is relying on the all-star to have a productive season and lead this team far in the play-offs, because as the Phils keep aging, they are running out of time to win one last World Series before it’s time to rebuild some more.

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