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Phillies GM says Chase Utley “is doing very, very well”

Jan 16, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

Chase Utley AP

Last month Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. described himself as “cautiously optimistic” that Chase Utley would be healthy enough to play an everyday role in 2013, but Amaro has basically ditched the “cautiously” part now.

Amaro told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Utley “is doing very, very well” while participating in baseball activities five days per week.

Utley is 34 years old and is always going to have issues playing through chronic knee problems, but he looked good down the stretch last season while hitting .264 with a .798 OPS in August and September.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Anti-Phillies troll post in 5, 4, 3, 2…..

    • chadjones27 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Really? Couldn’t just let it go…

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        You’re right, that never happens on this board :)

  2. cosanostra71 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    he’s doing really, really well, but is he in the best shape of his life?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      With those knees, I’m thinking this is as good as it gets.

      • shugar54 - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        Chase Utley you are the Man! Harry Kalas 2008

  3. paperlions - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Every time I see a quote that ends “…very well.” I think of the following exchange even though I haven’t seen this Last of the Mohicans in years.

    Duncan: “You there, Scout! We must rest soon, the women are tired.”

    Magua: “No, two leagues, better water. We stop there.”

    Duncan: “No, we’ll stop in the glade just ahead. When the ladies are rested, we will proceed. Do you understand? ”

    Magua: [speaking Huron] “Magua understands that the white man is a dog to his women. When they are tired, he puts down his tomahawk to feed their laziness.”

    Duncan: “Excuse me, what did you say?”

    Magua: “Magua said… I understand English, very well.”

  4. phillyphannn83 - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I just want to thank Aaron for giving us the only actual news on the Phil’s on all of HBT. He is the only writer who doesn’t refuse to write actual news reports on our team and only writing troll posts *cough* Craig *cough*

    • paperlions - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

      • phillyphannn83 - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:37 AM

        and youve just shown your maturity

      • paperlions - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Uh huh, as opposed to the army of philly phans with thin skin that think anyone that doesn’t constant praise their team is a troll.

      • phillyphannn83 - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        It has nothing to do with praising the phillies. Look at all the other HBT writers here. Craig is the only one who grabs a story and turns it into a Phillies troll post as opposed to an actual Mlb news post. Look at todays delmon young posts. Craig uses it to troll Phillies fans, Pouliot uses it to post non-biased news, like a real journalist does. CC makes himself look like a high school girl and all you losers who support his crap look like his clique. How’s his jock taste?

      • Francisco (FC) - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Who says Craig is a journalist? He’s a blogger. He writes entertainment mixed with sporting news. You’re confusing one thing with the other. If you don’t like a post, don’t read it, don’t respond to it, don’t comment about it, move on. Whining about it only makes you look petty and feeds exactly the reaction he expects out of it so you end up promoting the stereotype of a the insecure Philly fan who needs to whine about bloggers writing mean posts about his team.

        Stop promoting the stereotype!

  5. Jonny 5 - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I <3 Chase Utley. I hope has a great season.

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