Utley’s Return Moves Even Closer

The Phillies said Chase Utley will be making an official rehab appearance tonight with Class A Clearwater.

This is a big step.

It officially starts a 20-day rehab clock. Players are allowed 20 days to rehab in the Minor Leagues before they are expected to be activated — if everything is OK. Technically, Utley has tonight through May 29 to rehab. If everything goes well, Utley would be activated no later than May 30. Of course, there are stipulations. The clock can be stopped for five days if there is a setback. And obviously everything changes if the player is not healthy.

In other words, the Phillies don’t have to activate him if they do not believe he is ready. But by starting the clock the Phillies believe Utley is close to his return.

If he is healthy, I’m guessing he will not need the full 20 days.

This is just a personal guess, but if everything continues to go the way Utley and the Phillies hope, I would not be surprised to see Utley back with the Phillies sometime next week. (Again, this is just me talking.) I’m told Utley will DH tonight. He will have to play some games in the field, obviously. He also will have to play some games back-to-back to test the knee.

If he comes out of those things OK and he feels good about his swing, he might need just a week’s worth of rehab games.

We’ll see.

His playing schedule is day to day.

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Carlos Ruiz is going to play extended spring training games today and tomorrow. He could catch Roy Oswalt in a rehab game Thursday in Clearwater. The Phillies will reassess Ruiz after Thursday. They are hopeful to activate him over the weekend. … Oswalt has a scheduled bullepn today. If that goes well he will make a rehab astart Thursday. They’ll reasses after that.

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10 Comments

Thank god. Philadelphia’s collective mancrush on Wilson Valdez just hasn’t quite caught on.

haha good call

Halladay vs. Johnson relegated to Page 2!

Thank goodness. Chase is certainly missed.

Todd, I’ve got to tell ya, I wish there were more hacks out there who wrote and reported half as good as you do. Keep up the good work! Great Tweets!

I kinda wish that they waited until Friday, just so that Oswalt could pitch, Chooch catch and Utley at 2B. Then again, I would have felt so bad for those poor 18 yr olds.

It looks like we’ll be getting Oswalt and Ruiz back by next week, and Utley and Brown before the month is out. The only guy still questionable is Contreras, but Madson appears to be holding that fort.
Good stuff. First place team getting better.

No mancrush on Valdez here. In all honesty, I believe Pete Orr has been the better of the 2, though Valdez is still better with the glove.

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Come on, Roy, the Phillies gave you a run, what more could you possibly need?

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