Manuel on Utley: Should Be Back Soon
Why isn’t he playing?
Why can’t a guy that hasn’t played a game since October take fielding practice?
The Phillies had said they planned to bring along Utley slowly this spring, but they never said he would miss the first 13 Grapefruit League games or be unable to run or take grounders during BP. That has raised some serious concern that Utley’s right knee remains a problem, which isn’t a good sign considering Utley had the worst year of his career last season.
But Charlie Manuel said after today’s 6-4 loss to the Twins that Utley could see his first game action in the near future.
“I’d say it’s coming up pretty soon,” Manuel said. “It’s going to be a few days yet, but then he’ll start pushing his workouts up.”
Is there a tentative date for Utley to play?
“He’s going to get going here pretty soon,” Manuel said. “When he starts he’ll start getting some live pitching and we’ll see where he’s at.”
Honestly, I’m not sure what that means. It could mean Utley could be back in a game next week. Or it could mean Utley won’t begin participating in full workouts until next week.
The Phillies maintain they expect Utley to be their Opening Day second baseman. But will he be healthy? And effective? Utley isn’t speaking so his thoughts remain a mystery.
Just like the rest of this thing.
Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:
- March 19: Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- April 2: Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 7 p.m.
- April 3: Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA, 7 p.m.
- April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.