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Phillies expected to activate Chase Utley on Wednesday

Jun 24, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com has the good news on Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who made it through eight innings Saturday evening in his final rehab game with the Single-A Clearwater Threshers:

Utley is now expected to travel to Philadelphia for the final stage of his rehab assignment. That is likely to include his playing in one more minor-league game, probably Tuesday at Triple A Lehigh Valley, before being activated for Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh – provided there are no setbacks.

The 33-year-old has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training because of a degenerative issue behind his left kneecap.

Utley batted .259/.344/.425 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 103 regular-season games last year before going 7-for-16 (.438/.571/.688) in Philadelphia’s NLDS loss to the Cardinals. The Phillies — currently 8 1/2 games back in the National League East — will hope that he can provide a serious offensive spark.

  1. myvickinabox14 - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Chase

  2. droogleeddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Uh, how does someone go 7 for 21 and bat 438?

    • Drew Silva - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Oops, thanks. Mixed up his at-bats and plate appearances.

    • chaseutley - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Chase’s haircut allows him to do things that other players cannot.

  3. eagles512 - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Didn’t Craig say he had zero chance of playing this year?

    • paperlions - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Considering that everything he writes is archived….I’d love to see a link to that.

  4. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    At this point I’ll believe it when I see it. Something tells me after a few game

  5. drchip0007 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I have always been a Phillies fan, but ever since the team lost game 5 of the NLDS last year, its like a pall or a curse has settled down on the boys. The payroll 0f $205 million/year is simply astounding – most of which are for pl;ayers over 31 years old. One has generative patellae cartilage disease, one has no ankle and can’t hit a left-handed breaking ball. We can’t even re-sign our best pitcher. The farm system has been ravaged by trades (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Hunter Pence). The DL list grows longer every day because this is an older club going south. The glory days are gone, folks; it will take years and years to build this club up again. We need to sell this year, big time, and begin to start over . . . who knows what will happen in 5 years if we act now? It can’t be any worse than the direction Ruben Amaro has taken this team today.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Papelbum brought the curse from Boston. How else does one explain how pathetic the Phillies have been this season, including the doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Devil Rays.

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