Utley Is Back In Action
It looks more and more like Chase Utley will be in the Phillies’ lineup Opening Day.
Utley, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, played in a Minor League spring training game today at Robin Roberts Field at the Carpenter Complex. He went 2 for 4, singling up the middle in his third at-bat and hitting a ground-rule double in his fourth at-bat. He also played four innings at second base. He reported no problems.
“As far as physically, it still has some room for improvement,” he said. “But it was nice to be out there. It was nice to try to get the feel of the game back. That’s probably going to be the most difficult thing, is just to get that flow back. But as far as physically, it felt pretty good.
“No pain hitting. No pain fielding. I ran hard a couple times, and like I said, there are no problems there. It’s good to know.”
Utley said he has had no setbacks to this point.
Pedro Feliz said yesterday he plans to be in the Opening Day lineup.
“It’s the same plan,” Utley said. “As long as everything continues to go the way it has, the plan is to be out there.”