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Utley is running, and getting "antsy"

Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:35 pm
 
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies still won't even guess at when Chase Utley will return.

But at least it does feel like he will be back.

Part of the reason is that there's finally some visible progress. After two months where Utley mostly took batting practice and fielded ground balls while sitting on a stool, he has started running.

And, apparently, he's tired of not being able to play.

"I can tell he's definitely getting antsy," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Monday.

Imagine how he'd feel if the Phillies were the team that started off 2-10.

Instead, the Phils entered play Monday with a 10-4 record, good for first place in the National League East and second-best in the National League behind the Rockies. While Utley is, as usual, driven to come back, at least he doesn't feel that he needs to return fast to save his team.

Last year, Utley sped up the process of his rehab, and some in the Phillies organization believed he went too fast. The team is determined not to allow him to do it again, and those who know Utley say that he knows that now, too.

But there's no doubt that the more the Phillies win, the easier it will be to keep Utley on a schedule that the medical people recommend.

"I think that's good," Manuel said. "I know how much value he puts on the team winning."

There's no doubt that the Phillies miss Utley's bat. Wilson Valdez has filled in admirably at second base, but without Utley, and with Raul Ibanez and Jimmy Rollins off to slow power starts, the Phils don't have much home-run power in their lineup, aside from Ryan Howard.

Through 14 games, the Phillies have hit just 11 home runs, ranking 11th in the NL. Howard has three, but Rollins has yet to hit one (and has just one RBI), and Ibanez has only one homer.

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Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:24 pm
 

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I honestly believe Chase will be back sometime at the end of may. Especially with the way they have been hitting. they almost got swept tby the brewers today because they cant htit the ball. Luckily our best hitter(by far!!) came through with a 3 run shot.

Honestly right now it looks to me like the Phillies need 2 more bats that can hit in their lineup, with one of them having to be able to hit for power(Chese Utley). They will get Chase back and he will be there other power guy and i also believe they will get someone else to play the corner outfield by the deadline. The only way they dont get a bat at the dealine is if they somehow can get Joakim Soria or Heath Bell. Which i believe they are gonna go hard for bell,although i would rather have Soria, but Sorie most likely will take more prospects then Bell. If they cant get either of them they will get a bat, most likely a right hander with power...


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