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Chase Utley cleared to begin rehab assignment

Jun 19, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Out since May 20 with a strained oblique, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Double-A.

Assuming he doesn’t have a setback Utley’s rehab stint is expected to be just a few games, potentially setting him up to come off the disabled list this weekend.

Philadelphia is 14-13 in Utley’s absence, but Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com points out that his replacements at second base have hit a combined .190 with a .461 OPS. Utley hit .272 with an .814 OPS in 44 games before the injury.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Saturday would be a good day to come back since I will be at the game that day.

  2. lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Shave his head. Its his hair causing all the problems.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      I’m absolutely certain this is an attempt to troll a certain commenter.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        /throws a pig spear at FC’s buttocks

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        /Stops time. /Steps to one side. /Laughs at you.

  3. bitlrc - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    “Assuming he doesn’t have a setback…”

    that’s a dangerous game to play with chutley

  4. ryanrockzzz - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Hopefully he gets back and plays well so they can trade him by the deadline.

    • buddysguys - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      what do you get in return for an aging 2nd basemen that’s injury riddled and can barely walk after games though?

      • ryanrockzzz - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        A walker for Ryan Howard to use by the time he gets to third base?

      • evanwins - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        He can barely walk after games? Haven’t heard that. Perhaps because it’s a desperate attempt by you to make something up?

        It’s always better to make a point with something that’s true. When you just lie about something it makes you look like an idiot with no integrity…like you just did.

      • ryanrockzzz - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Seriously though, Utley will certainly fetch the Phillies something. Certainly not a top level prospect, but they could get a second tier player instead of letting him walk/limp away for nothing at the end of the year.

  5. areyesrn - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    the unused hair gel products must be hardening up in the locker room without him around

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