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Chase Utley nearing return from disabled list

May 20, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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At least that’s how it seems right now.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal that Chase Utley would be the designated hitter with High-A Clearwater tonight before playing in the field again Saturday. After that? They’ll “reassess” where he’s at.

Utley has yet to play in three consecutive games in the field during his minor league rehab assignment, but Amaro doesn’t think that would necessary stand in the way of his return.

“Frankly I don’t know how many games he’s going to play three in a row here.,” Amaro said. “We may be in a situation when he comes in the big leagues where he’s one game on, one game off, two games on, one game off. He might play three games – I don’t know. A lot will depend on how he feels. But I think we’re going to have to monitor him when he gets here.”

Hm, sounds like he could be back sooner rather than later wouldn’t you say?

By the way, entering tonight’s action, Phillies’ second basemen are batting a pathetic .234/.284/.290 with a .574 OPS this season. Yes, the National League’s best team is about to get much better.

  1. cup0pizza - May 21, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    Hopefully he’ll suck.

  2. cur68 - May 21, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    Hopefully he’ll be great.

  3. vicksprman - May 21, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Good the Orr/Valdez combo needs to go back to the bench where they belong

  4. macjacmccoy - May 22, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Utley is the life blood of the Phillies . Everyone will hit better with him in the 3 hole. The Philllies lineup doesnt quite work with someone else batting 3rd. It throws off the whole thing and it will be nice to get the piece back where they belong.

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