According to SI.com, Chase Utley will miss the Philadelphia Phillies' season-opener once again for the second straight year. He will miss the entire exhibition schedule. He has been injured for a while with his knee problems. 

He was limited to 103 games last season. The five-time All-Star says he will not retire, nor will he have season-ending surgery. 

"I'm not going to be ready for opening day," Utley said. "I don't really have a timeline on when I will be available. I will take this process fairly slow because I think it's important to get everything around my knees working correctly. And I think it's going to take a little bit of time. I'm disappointed. I'm upset. I'm not happy that I'm in this situation right now, but I'm not going to let that deter me and get me down."

Utley has no timetable on his return, but he says he is expected to play next season. 

"I've already seen benefits over the last four or five days from doing some new exercises," Utley said. "I'm very optimistic this is going to turn out well. But again it's going to take a little time and I have to do this right. I think it's important, not only for this year, but for the rest of my career. I'm 33 years old. I know some people think that's old, but I still feel like I have a lot of baseball left in me."

In place for Utley will be Freddy Galvis.

Written by Josh Dhani, Founder 

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