Philly.com, SR 950 and others are reporting that Chase Utley will undergo hip surgery and could be out until June.
This would explain the August through October slide for the Phils' second baseman who looked like a shoo-in for MVP at the All-Star Break. It also explains the late pickup for Tadihito Iguchi. I guess the Phils knew all along this was a problem and decided that they didn't want anyone else to know about it.
I wasn't thinking a trip back to the World Series was a given, but I was hoping the title defense would go better than this is staring out.