Utley Is Making Progress
Here is a taste of what he had to say (we’ll have more later):
Question: Chances to start the season?
Answer: “I would say the chances right now, I don’t really want to jinx myself, fair to quite fair.” (Sounds like Ben Stiller talking about his portfolio in Meet the Parents: “Strong to quite strong.”)
Q: You’re hitting off the tee?
A: “Yes, I’ve hit off the tee for a few days. I’ve started taking some soft toss the past couple days and that’s responded well. There’s no pain, no hesitation, whatsoever. BP? Soon enough. I’ve tried to take it step by step. Soft toss probably for another day or two and if it continues to feel good I don’t see why I can’t take batting practice.”
Q: Any discomfort?
A: “No, no pain at all. I can manipulate it into a position where it’s sore, but I can imagine we can all do that with our legs. So, it’s something I’m really optimistic at this point.”
Q: What are your limitations?
A: “Taking ground balls. Obviously, we’re being a little cautious. We don’t want to do too much too fast. I can probably turn double plays just fine, but they don’t want me to do it just yet. I completely understand that. As far as the ground balls are concerned, we’re going to start making them a little more challenging, move them around a little bit and see how it goes. If the next day, I feel great, we’ll continue to progress. So far, we’re going uphill.”