Utley: Hope To Be On Field Next Week

As I wrote the last couple days, there has been very little information regarding Chase Utley‘s chronic right knee condition.

But Utley stopped briefly today to say this: “We’re making progress. I hope to be on the field next week.”

That’s all I’ve got, but that’s more than he has said since he last talked about his condition Feb. 23. Does being on the field mean he will be in a Grapefruit League game next week? Or does it mean he will start taking fielding practice? We will see next week, but maybe Utley will be ready by Opening Day, which the Phillies have maintained since the beginning of spring.


Attention Phillies fans in Clearwater: Jim Salisbury and I will be signing copies of The Rotation from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday at Bright House Field. Stop by!

Check out what some people have said about the book: Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. *

Salisbury and nd 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.


Thanks for the update, Todd.

Why do I get the feeling that MM is going to be in the openingday line-up?….

I expect Utley to be in the lineup on opening day but, the way things are playing out, if he’s not available it will most probably be Galvis. MM may just go back the the obscurity of being the oldest Rule 5 player ever.

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Polanco injures his left ring finger……. It shouldn’t have much affect on his fielding. And since he slaps the ball to all fields and has very little power when he’s healthy, hopefully it won’t keep him from hitting the way he has been.

Doctor ErichH1 checks in again with another medical opinion.
Fielding? OK, how is he going to grip a bat? Maybe wait until the X-ray results come in before forming an opinion?

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