Utley Progressing, But Not Running Anytime Soon
Ruben Amaro Jr. said a few minutes ago Utley “is not ready to run. That would be the next step, if he felt comfortable enough to do it. Hopefully we’ll get him there at some point.”
Is he close to jogging?
“He is not close to jogging,” Amaro said. “If he was close to jogging he’d be jogging, I guess. He’s taken some ground balls. He’s done OK with that so far. But it’s still baby steps, one step at a time. It’s literally a day-to-day thing. … He’s made some progress, but it’s slow. And it will continue to be slow. Even if he gets to the point where he starts to be able to run or jog or whatever, that doesn’t mean he’s going to jump forward all of a sudden and be in a rehab (assignment). That may take some time, too. There’s a difference between jogging around and running 100 percent. It’s all kind of a progression.”
Utley has been taking fielding practice for a few days. He is moving laterally, including dropping to a knee and throwing to second base. Amaro said Utley still feels some discomfort in the knee, but “not to the point where it’s debilitating for him.” He said ideally Utley will have no discomfort in the knee before he tries jogging or running or whatever you want to call it.
“He’s made some progress in that it’s not as painful,” Amaro said.
Utley will travel with the team while he rehabs.
“We have the personnel that he’ll want to work with here,” Amaro said. “And I like having him around. So does Charlie (Manuel). Rightfully so.”
“Because he’s still our team leader,” Amaro said. “Or one of them.”