Phillies' Utley undergoes surgery on hip

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has had arthroscopic hip surgery and is expected to need four to six months to recover.


The three-time All-Star had surgery Monday to trim the labrum and a bony lesion in his right hip at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, team officials said Tuesday.

Despite feeling symptoms for much of the year, Utley hit .292 and led all second basemen with 33 home runs and 104 RBI as the Phillies won the National League East for the second consecutive year.

In the playoffs, he hit three home runs with nine RBI to help the Phillies win their second World Series in team history and first since 1980.

MARLINS: Florida's new ballpark won't open until the 2012 season, a one-year delay because a recent court challenge slowed the start of construction.

Last Friday, a Miami-Dade circuit judge eliminated the final legal obstacle -- a lawsuit filed by auto dealer Norman Braman against several projects, including the 37,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium.

STEROIDS: Roger Clemens ' former trainer gave samples of his DNA to federal investigators trying to ascertain whether the star pitcher committed perjury before Congress, two New York newspapers reported.

The request for a DNA sample from trainer Brian McNamee suggests that investigators found readable DNA on the syringes, needles and gauze pads McNamee turned over to federal prosecutors in January, The New York Times and Daily News reported.

McNamee's lawyers have said the items, when tested, would link Clemens to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. They claim McNamee used those needles and a gauze pad while injecting Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.

Investigators must determine whose DNA is on that material if it is going to be important to the probe. It's not clear whether federal authorities have a sample of DNA from Clemens, The Times said.

PIRATES: Pittsburgh hopes Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel really do have million-dollar arms.

The two 20-year-old pitchers were the top finishers in an Indian reality TV show called the Million Dollar Arm and neither had picked up a baseball until earlier this year. Both signed free-agent contracts Monday with the Pirates.

They are believed to be the first athletes from India to sign professional baseball contracts outside their country.


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