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Cliff Lee is ready, but Chase Utley is still a ways away

May 5, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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Cliff Lee successfully completed a bullpen session Saturday morning and is expected to make his return to the rotation Wednesday after missing three turns with a strained oblique.

Unfortunately, the news wasn’t quite so good as it pertained to Chase Utley. Manager Charlie Manuel said Friday that Utley would report to Clearwater early next week, but Utley said Saturday he’ll remain with the Phillies for a bit longer. When he does go to Clearwater and the Phillies’ minor league facility, it’ll be because he’s ready to play in games. However, he doesn’t yet have any timetable for when that will happen. Utley has been out since the spring with chronic knee problems.

With Freddy Galvis struggling mightily at the plate — he’s hitting .185/.214/.284 in 81 at-bats — the Phillies have recently started giving Pete Orr more playing time at second base.

Kyle Kendrick figures to move to back to the pen to make room for Lee in the rotation.

  1. randygnyc - May 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I heard yesterday that he was going to report today to begin the process of coming back. Guess not. Phillies in trouble.

    • sasquash20 - May 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Truth is Utley has vanished for months at a time the last 3 seasons. Sure it is a lose but not as big as Howard was, not even close at this point.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - May 5, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    The Phils are on the edge of a cliff…literally and figuratively. I fear we’re going to have to turn the page on just about everybody on the team…minus Pence and the starting rotation. A new era has to start somewhere/sometime for this team.

    • stex52 - May 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Can’t do it yet with that pitching rotation. Whatever the other problems with the team, your top three starters are an awesome tool to build around. I know the hitting stinks, but that’s the thing with good pitching. You can always come back. For now I think you have to tinker.

      Maybe in a couple of years you do rebuild. But I don’t think you give up yet. If you do, your pitchers will be too old when you get there.

  3. rgledz - May 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Utley…..little guy that used to hit a ton of homeruns……then stopped hitting bombs…..now is always hurt…….anybody see a pattern here?? I think they call it roids in the business. He’ll never be what he was or anything close.

    • xmatt0926x - May 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Wow. Are you serious rgledz? I’m as cynical as anyone but I think you’re off base here. Has Utley ever bulked up?No. Has he ever suddenly had any monster home run years? No. After the testing became more stringent did he shrink like Pudge Rodriguez? No. He hit a ton of homers? He was consistently at 22-30 for about 4 years. Is that a ton? A little guy? Is Chase Utley little? Do you even watch the games? He’s losing the cartledge in his knee. That doesn’t equate to steroids and there are no other clues that would lead anyone with the ability to process a thought to believe so.

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