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Chase Utley eyeing mid-June return

Jun 7, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley strained his right oblique muscle taking cuts during batting practice prior to the team’s May 21 game against the Marlins. Initial estimates had the veteran missing between two weeks and a month. Today marks two and a half weeks. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the 34-year-old is feeling good and is hoping to return some time in mid-June.

“I’m definitely feeling better,” Utley said Friday evening. “Hopefully I’ll take some swings in the next three or four days and at that point I’ll known where I’m at. I actually feel like I could have swung today, but I want to play it safe.”

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Utley began taking ground balls a week ago and has responded well. Once he gets a reading on his condition after starting to swing again, he will have an idea of when he might be ready to go on a minor-league rehab assignment. He might only need a game or two in the minors once he’s healthy.

Utley had been his team’s most productive player prior to the injury, hitting .272 with an .814 OPS in 177 plate appearances. Domonic Brown hadn’t quite caught on fire at the time Utley went on the disabled list.

  1. breastfedted - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Chase is a great player who plays the game the right way, it’s a shame he is made of glass

  2. dkphilly1122 - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Yeah Chase is old school, sits at the top of the steps and watches the pitchers the Phillies face. You don’t see that too often anymore. He definitely plays the game the right way and is a great player. You’re 110 percent right about being made of glass NOW. If he could stay healthy ALL Year it would definitely help the Phillies and especially Dom Brown. A nice one two punch if they move DB up in the lineup.

  3. colbycal1383 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Thank god Dom needs you!!

  4. rick2248 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Chase has spent more time on the DL then any other Phillies player in the last 3 years the guy is done and the team can do fine with out him he will be gone at the trade deadline.Freddy Galvis is playing good at 2B.

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