Utley and Polanco Won’t Play This Weekend
But he did say Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not be in the lineup. The Phillies said at the beginning of Spring Training they would limit Utley’s and Polanco’s playing time in an effort to keep them healthier during the season. Utley is playing with a chronic right knee condition, and Polanco has had back problems and also had sports hernia surgeries following the 2011 season.
Manuel would not say when Utley will see his first Grapefruit League action, but it won’t be over the weekend.
“I feel like (he will play) when he feels comfortable,” Manuel said. “It might be a little while before I play him. He’ll do his regular workouts and things like that. I’m in no hurry to play him as long as we can have him ready when the season starts. As long as he feels real good and he feels good about his practice and all and his hitting and stuff.”
Manuel said Polanco probably will play Monday.
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