It's not easy to get Chase Utley out of a game.
The Phillies second baseman has played in an average of 150 games per season the past five years. He's in his eighth season and has been on the disabled list exactly once, in 2007. It took a broken wrist to do that, and he still only missed a month.
Utley took himself out of Monday night's game against the Reds in the ninth inning, unable to grip the bat after injuring his right thumb on a slide in the fourth inning (pictured). Utley will have an MRI exam on Tuesday.
The renowned tough guy coming out of the game voluntarily caught the attention of teammates.
"For him to leave a game ... that's the last guy that's going to take himself out of a game," Shane Victorino said. "He's obviously hurting. I hope he's not seriously hurt."
-- David Andriesen
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