Howard, Utley Updates
- Ryan Howard. Amaro said Howard will have his walking boot on for at least a week. “Maybe longer,” he said. Amaro said the infection is OK. “We’re just being really cautious with it,” he said. “The wound itself has to heal. He’s doing fine. We just want to make sure it heals. It’ll heal. … We just want to make sure we don’t have any more recurrence of any infections at all.” Because Howard is wearing the boot he has done little if anything in terms of conditioning or staying in shape.
- Chase Utley. Utley is hitting, but not really doing much of anything else on the field. (The Phillies said at the beginning of camp they planned to bring along Utley slowly because of his chronic right knee condition, but the fact he has missed the first week of games is surprising.) “We’ve been keeping him off his feet,” Amaro said. He said he expects Utley to play at some point this spring, but could not say if he would play within the week. Amaro said it’s a decision between the club, doctors and Utley. The Phillies think Utley needs 30-40 at-bats to get ready for the season. They said that shouldn’t be a problem with Minor League Spring Training games beginning Monday.
- Jose Contreras. He threw a bullpen today and is close to pitching in games.
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