It doesn’t sound as if Chase Utley will be in the Phillies’ lineup on Wednesday night.

Utley felt pain and a burning sensation in his right rib cage after taking a swing in batting practice Tuesday night. He was scratched from that game. The injury will require an MRI, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr.

“We’ll probably MRI him today or tomorrow, figure out how significant it is and go from there,” Amaro told Comcast SportsNet on Wednesday morning.

It appears as if that MRI will take place in Philadelphia on the Phillies’ off day Thursday. The Phillies will fly from Miami to Washington after Wednesday night’s game and Utley can head to Philadelphia from there.

Rib cage or oblique strains are taken seriously in baseball. Throwing and hitting requires much twisting and puts pressure on the torso. Teams treat oblique injuries aggressively at the outset so they don’t linger. Given this it would not be a surprise to see Utley end up on the disabled list, but the final call won't come until after doctors determine the severity of the injury with the MRI.

“When he took a swing, he felt a little burn, a pain in his rib cage,” manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley after Tuesday's game.