A source told MLB.com that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was scheduled for surgery Thursday to repair a torn thumb ligament. Utley injured the thumb on a headfirst slide Monday.
The expected recovery time for the injury is four to six weeks. Utley has been exceptionally durable, and is on the disabled list for just the second time in his eight-year career.
In Utley's absence, the Phillies will likely cover second base with some combination of Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez and Brian Bocock.
-- David Andriesen
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