Utley Is Back
The Phillies activated Chase Utley from the 15-day disabled list before tonight’s series opener against the Giants. He returned nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.
“I told him that he needs about 15 more at-bats (in the Minor Leagues),” Pat Burrell joked. “Three games worth. But you know him. Once the doc says, ‘OK,’ he’s going to play. That’s just the way he is. I’m sure they’re happy to have him back. But once I saw on SportsCenter that he was cleared I knew it wouldn’t be long.”
The Phillies designated Greg Dobbs for assignment to make room for Utley on the 25-man roster. The Phillies have 10 days to move Dobbs’ contract. They can trade him, release him or place him on waivers. If Dobbs clears waivers, the Phillies can outright him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Dobbs can accept the assignment or refuse and become a free agent.
Asked why the Phillies chose rookie outfielder Domonic Brown, who the Phillies have said needs to play every day, over Dobbs, Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “I just really think at this stage of the game we’re a stronger team this way. It’s pretty simple.”
Utley was unavailable to comment before the game, but nobody seemed shocked he returned earlier than expected.
“He’s tough as nails,” Raul Ibanez said. “You knew he was going to do everything in his power to get back on the field. Everything about him that he brings is positive for the team. It’s Chase. He brings himself. He’s always preparing to be at his best to win that game.”
Utley went 3-for-12 with two triples, one RBI, one walk and one run scored in four rehab games with Class A Clearwater.