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Team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti and specialist Dr. Bryan Kelly examined Utley following the World Series and recommended surgery. Kelly will perform the surgery next week in New York but a date has not been set.
Amaro said he does not expect to go outside of the organization for help at second base. Utility infielder Eric Bruntlett and prospect Jason Donald will likely hold down the position in Utley's absence, he said.
Third baseman Pedro Feliz was also having Thursday on his back. He spent 26 days on the disabled list last season with a lower back injury. The operation will be followed by an eight-to-12 week rehabilitation program.
Feliz hit .249 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs after joining the Phillies as a free agent before the season.
Spring training begins Feb. 14. Philadelphia's first regular season game is April 5.
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