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Phillies activate Chase Utley from the disabled list

Jun 21, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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Chase Utley said yesterday’s game at Double-A “went really well” and the Phillies apparently believed him, activating the second baseman from the disabled list just two days into a minor-league rehab assignment.

Utley went 0-for-9 at Double-A after spending a month on the DL with an oblique injury, so it’s certainly a hastened return timetable. To make room on the roster the Phillies optioned Michael Martinez back to Triple-A.

Utley was looking more or less like his old self before the injury, hitting .272 with seven homers and an .814 OPS in 44 games, and he even stole five bases.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Last year….end of June….Phillies are 4 games under .500, and they activate Utley. They lost 6 in a row, and 11 of 12.

    I am trying for a reverse black cat here!!!

    • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      So….a white dog?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        I like it!

        A phrase is coined

  2. Old Gator - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    I love the imagery associated with “activation from the disabled list.” I imagine a castle basement laboratory with a rehabbing ballplayer strapped to a slab, and the team president throws a switch on the wall (the Chihuahua sits on Larry Beinfest’s shoulders so he can reach the switch). They wait for lightning to strike the iron chicken silhouette above the main turret. A spattering of static. Electric arcs flash. Bottled brains pulse like frog chins. The player’s eyes spring open….

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Perhaps at this point it is more accurate to say that the DL has lost Utley to a stint on the active list. Hurry back, son. Hurry back.

    • bgm9876 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      but not to fast you might reinjure yourself

  4. bgm9876 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    so when will he play in the mlb i need him back?

  5. chadjones27 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    An 0 for 9 Utley is still a better option than Michael Martinez.
    Seriously, what does Charlie see in this guy (Martinez)?

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