Phillies' Utley Breaks Hand Against Nats

The Phils' Chase Utley, here in a game last month, was hit by the Nats' John Lannan.
The Phils' Chase Utley, here in a game last month, was hit by the Nats' John Lannan. (By Bradley C. Bower -- Bloomberg News)
Friday, July 27, 2007

Phillies all-star 2B Chase Utley broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch during yesterday's 7-6 loss to the Nationals in Philadelphia.

Utley was hit in the fifth inning by Washington's John Lannan, who was making his major league debut. Utley finished the game, going 2 for 4, but X-rays afterward showed he broke his fourth metacarpal.

Utley planned to see specialist Randall Culp today to determine the first step in his recovery.

"As breaks go, it's not that bad of a break," Utley said. "It's definitely disappointing."

Utley, batting .336 with 17 homers and 82 RBI, didn't think he'd be sidelined for a month.

"I think it will be sooner than that," he said.

Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel said Abraham Nuñez likely will replace Utley at second base.

· ' MIDGET' HITS BONDS: A day after Barry Bonds called him a "little midget man who knows [nothing] about baseball," broadcaster Bob Costas said he wasn't upset with the Giants' slugger and responded with a jab of his own.

"As anyone can plainly see, I'm 5-6 1/2 and a strapping 150, and unlike some people, I came by all of it naturally," Costas said yesterday in a telephone interview.

· PENNY HURT: Dodgers RHP Brad Penny was taken out of the game last night in Denver after hurting himself beating out an infield single in the seventh.

Penny grabbed at his groin area after he reached first. The trainers came out and he was led off the field.

Penny went six innings against the Rockies, giving up three runs and five hits. He also struck out three and walked three.

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