Could Utley Be Back Next Week?

Chase UtleyThe Phillies badly need Chase Utley’s bat back in the lineup.

He is getting closer to a return from the 15-day disabled list, but he said today at Target Field that no rehab assignment has been scheduled. But he has been swinging the bat this week, and he said it has gone well.

“So far, so good,” he said.

Utley has been on the DL since May 21 because of a strained right oblique. He said he could be back by the middle of the month. Of course, the middle of the month officially is this weekend, so maybe a return early next week is feasible. Utley probably won’t need more than a few games to return.

“I think it’s still realistic,” he said. “Everything has gone well so far. Tomorrow I’m going to probably do the same, maybe pick up the intensity a little bit and go from there. But I don’t have an actual date (in mind to return). … The guys who I’ve talked to, who have had this in the past, they said once you start swinging, a few said it was sore and they had to back off for a few days. So far I haven’t had to do that.”

4 Comments

Sure he will.And I’m running for president in 2016.

I have always been a hugh Chase fan. But at this point, with the state of the team. Unless he comes back and plays as some resemblence of Chase Utley at his prime, it’s time to move on to the second baseman that they brought up to replace him. Use the cash to sign a third baseman or outfielder with power.

Good plan, Jim Higgins! Let us know when “third baseman with power” reaches the free agent market!

It seems like Chase and Chooch have been away from the team for over a month. My how time flies when the Phils offense sucks……

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