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Amaro thinking Chase Utley might be ready by end of May

Apr 23, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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The Phillies still aren’t putting an official timetable on Chase Utley‘s rehabilitation from patellar tendinitis, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did offer some optimism on Saturday evening.

According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Amaro told reporters on Saturday afternoon that he’s hopeful Utley will be ready to return to the Phillies’ starting lineup before the end of May.

Utley was cleared to begin a running program only nine days ago and has already progressed to straight-line sprints. He has also been participating in light fielding drills and has avoided setbacks to this point.

The Phillies have been using Wilson Valdez primarily at second base since the regular season began. He got off to a hot start but has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats and is down to a .264/.316/.321 batting line.

  1. macjacmccoy - Apr 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Seems a little long to me. After all the updates of late and the videos of him running I figured hed be back middle of May. Dont get me wrong Im happy they are going to take it slow. Id rather the Phillies be extra cautious and be without him now when there winning then to need him later when there not winning and Utley not being able to play b/c they rushed him back and he exasperated his condition.

    Anyway after hearing what Amaro said when do you think he will start making rehad assignments 19th-20th? To give him a full week of game action before he rejoins the team. Or do you think they will start him earlier and have him play a game then rest a day or 2 to see how it responds? And continue to do that until hes able to go everyday.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 24, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Given all of the early projections of season-ending surgery and “hopefully by the All-Star break”…I’d say this is still pretty optimistic and has to be considered good news for Phillies fans.

    Now we’ll see if/when he actually makes it back to the field.

  3. hateradeonrocks - Apr 24, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    utley needs to make sure he’s absolutely 100% ready. He’s a warrior but he always rushes.

  4. Utley's Hair - Apr 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Chase, Rube and Chuck, don’t rush it back. Rest up for as long as you need. Don’t come back until you are 100%. The Phightins are holding it together right now. They’ll need you much more later on in the season for the playoff push and playoffs. Take it easy.

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