The Philadelphia Phillies were hoping for the best case scenario with star second baseman Chase Utley, but on Thursday they got the worst case scenario.

The Phillies placed Utley on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a strained ligament in his right thumb. They were hoping that he would only be out a couple of weeks, but after Thursday’s events he will be out more than just a couple of weeks.

Utley had surgery yesterday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to miss the next eight weeks. That is a big blow to Phillies.

With Utley out for eight weeks and Placido Polanco out for three-to-four weeks, I think the Phillies need to make a move to help stabilize the infield. I think the guy who would be a great fit would be Baltimore Orioles INF Ty Wigginton.

Wigginton struggled in June with a .208 average and one home run, but overall he has 14 home runs and an .807 OPS on the season. More importantly than his offense, Wigginton is a very versatile player on defense. He can play first, second, or third base if need be.

That is the type of infield versatility that the Phillies need right now.

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