Amaro Still Hopeful Utley Can Be Back Before June
Ruben Amaro Jr. said on March 28 he had no plans to place Chase Utley on the 60-day disabled list because he thought he could be back before then.
He still feels that way, which means he still thinks Utley could be back before the end of May.
“I’m hopeful,” Amaro said before tonight’s game against the Padres at PETCO Park. “I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but I’m hopeful. I can only hope.”
Amaro said Utley, who has patellar tendinitis, chondrolmalacia and bone inflammation in his right knee, has made some progress in the last couple weeks. But progress does not mean a rehab assignment is scheduled in the immediate future.
“He went from not running to running,” Amaro said of the progress.
But then he illustrated how Utley’s rehab is moving slowly.
“He doesn’t run every day,” he said.