The Phillies say they aren’t seeking a replacement for second baseman Chase Utley, who left the team Monday to be evaluated by a specialist.
But their latest injury – a broken bone in infielder Michael Martinez’s foot – almost certainly means that the team will pursue a utility man.
Martinez suffered his injury Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.
Pete Orr and Hector Luna are the non-roster veterans in Phillies’ camp. But with rookie Freddy Galvis now expected to open the season at second, the team would prefer an upgrade.
Club officials say that they are committed to Galvis as Utley’s short-term replacement, and that they expect Utley to return this season.