PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Phillies All-Star second baseman Chase Utley broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch during Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Washington Nationals.
Utley was hit in the fifth inning by Washington's John Lannan, who was making his major league debut. Utley finished the game, going 2-for-4, but X-rays after the game showed he broke a bone in the hand.
Utley planned to see a specialist on Friday to determine the first step in his recovery.
``As breaks go, it's not that bad of a break,'' Utley said. ``It's definitely disappointing.''
Utley, batting .336 with 17 homers and 82 RBIs, didn't think he'd be sidelined for a month.
``I think it will be sooner than that,'' he said.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that Abraham Nunez will likely replace Utley at second base.
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