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Phillies GM is “cautiously optimistic” Chase Utley will be full-time player in 2013

Dec 19, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. gave an update on Chase Utley‘s health status yesterday, saying he’s “cautiously optimistic” the second baseman will be a full-time player in 2013 after missing much of 2012 with chronic knee problems.

“He’s done very well this offseason,” Amaro said, via Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com. “He’s taking groundballs pretty much every other day. He didn’t take a whole lot of time off. I think we’ve all learned, including Chase, that it probably behooves him to continue to work and be able to do things to keep his joints going, keep his knees going. He’s actually done very well.”

Utley missed the first 76 games, but then played 83 of the final 86 games while hitting .256 with 11 homers and a .793 OPS.

Amaro admitted that the Phillies plan to “monitor him” during spring training, adding: “We’re going to have a discussion prior to spring training about how he’s going to be utilized going into the spring.”

  1. historiophiliac - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    That picture says: Xanadu!

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      That ain’t John Travolta, ok?

  2. digbysellers - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    No way he stays healthy all year. He’ll be disabled and hunting for poon like he always does down in Old City before May.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Hunting for poon in Old City is a year-round endeavor.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    He needs bionic knees.

  4. LasVegasMatt - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    He would’ve been the best second baseman of all-time if he could’ve stayed healthy.

  5. phightins09 - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Class act. I hope he comes around this year and stays healthy.

  6. tvguy22 - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Dear Freddy Galvis, stay loose.

    Signed,

    Charlie Manuel

  7. jimeejohnson - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Chase Utley’s hair! WTF is that? Just sayin’.

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