(NEW YORK) -- In a sight that has become all too familiar for Philadelphia Phillies fans, the team has placed second baseman Chase Utley on the disabled list with a mild oblique strain.
"We do believe and hope that Chase will be ready to play in Philadelphia within 15 days," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We are being cautious with this injury as it is a tricky one and want to make sure it isn't an issue for him throughout the season."
Earlier in the week, Utley was scratched because he felt a "burning sensation" in his rib cage. The team decided it was best to put the former All-Star on the DL so he can heal properly.
This is a tough blow to Utley, who has battled knee injuries over the past few seasons. He had missed 185 total games over the previous three seasons.
The 34-year old Utley was off to a great start this season. In 44 games, Utley was hitting .272 with seven home runs and drove in 25 runs.
The Phillies offense will miss Utley, as they rank 26th in the majors in runs scored. Still, Freddy Galvis is expected to take over for Utley while he recovers.
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