With only 9 days left until Pitchers and Catchers report I have decided to do a 9 part series in which each day I will take a look at one of the 9 starting positions and evaluate it. Think of this as a way to make these last 9 days go by faster. I will also list the positions in the order in which I think the 2009 Lineup should be set.
#3 Second Base
You've all heard by now about the amazing feat of Chase Utley playing the whole 2nd half of the season on a bad hip. Unfortunately that might cost us come spring. Utley has told the public that his rehab is coming along fine. It is hard to make a prediction if Chase will be batting 3rd in the lineup come Opening Night. I know that man will do anything possible to be there, yet he is also smart enough to know that if he's not ready then to not push anything. With or without Utley for the first few weeks the Phillies should be able to cover that spot. Jason Donald will get a try out at 2nd base along with Marcus Giles. Second base will not be the strongest position to start the year but as soon as Utley is back in the lineup he'll pick things up right where he left off last year before the injury. I hope that he misses little time so he can put together another MVP type season.
Overall Grade: A