After several minutes lying in the dirt Dioner Navarro had to be lifted onto a cart and driven away. Hands on his head the Cubs catcher looked stunned as he left the field to get X-rays on his right leg.

The crowd of 36171 at Citizens Bank Park respectfully cheered and clapped on Wednesday night recognizing Navarro’s toughness after a nasty collision at home plate with Philadelphia Phillies star Chase Utley. Even the demanding fans in South Philly had to show Navarro some love.

The Cubs were still weighing their next moves after a 5-2 victory that pivoted on Donnie Murphy’s three-run homer in the ninth inning. But at least they weren’t running through worst-case scenarios with Navarro who might have a sprained ankle.

“Everything’s looking a little better than we thought” manager Dale Sveum said.

The Cubs said the X-rays came back negative on Navarro’s right ankle — no fracture — and the injury will be treated as a contusion and evaluated further. Sveum even said Navarro was in good enough shape to be doing squats.

That seventh-inning scene was hard to watch. Utley slid toward home plate crashing his left knee into Navarro before driving his left shoulder into the catcher’s upper body. Navarro fell backwards but didn’t drop the ball keeping it a 2-2 game.

“Utley is a hard player (who’s) going to do everything he can to score” Sveum said. “But it was one heck of a play by Navarro to hold onto the ball and block the plate at the same time. A lot of catchers don’t have the guts to do that sometimes.”

Utley sprinted from second base on Kevin Frandsen’s single into right field. Cole Gillespie’s strong throw landed in Navarro’s glove on one bounce a moment before Utley barreled into the catcher.

“He’s a baller” said Travis Wood another pitcher who likes throwing to Navarro and one who allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday. “He stayed in there and took the hit. We hope the best for him. Hopefully it’s nothing serious and he can just take a few days and be back.”

Wood didn’t have any issues with Utley who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and has reportedly just agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Phillies (51-62).

“I like contact” Wood said. “It was a tie ballgame at the time and he’s trying to get ahead and help his team win. I got no problem with that. He didn’t go out of his way to hit him or anything. That’s baseball.”