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Utley could return Monday

Posted on: May 20, 2011 8:48 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 9:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies still aren't saying when Chase Utley will make his 2011 debut.

But don't be surprised if it comes Monday night against the Reds.

All general manager Ruben Amaro would say Friday is that Utley is going to play again for Class A Clearwater on Saturday night, and that the Phillies will reassess Utley's situation after that.

Utley has played in seven games for Clearwater, and while his numbers are only ordinary (he's 6-for-24 with a double, a home run and six strikeouts), the Phillies have been impressed with how he has looked. Also, Amaro has said that it's not important for Utley to play at any other minor-league level before coming to the Phillies.

Amaro also said it's not important for Utley to play more than two days in a row in the minor leagues, because he may not be asked to play that many consecutive games in the big leagues. The Phillies believe that they may need to give Utley extra days off, at least at the outset.

"I don't know if he's ever going to be 100 percent, because of the nature of the injury," Amaro said. "He's progressing, and he hasn't gone backwards. He's gone north, not south."

Utley missed all of spring training because of a knee problem that also cost him the first seven weeks of the season.

Monday might be the perfect night for Utley's 2011 debut, anyway. The Reds' scheduled starter that night is Bronson Arroyo, and Utley's career numbers against Arroyo are 5-for-12, with a home run.

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I love me some some Utley, but I'm hoping they aren't rushing him back too soon.

I know that Blanton is literally half the player (though, twice the girth) that Utley is, but look what happened there. They rushed him back, and it hasn't been a pretty series of events for the Phils. That Kendrick loss on Thursday can be attributed to the mess the brass made when they brought Blanton back too soon.

I would rather see the lineup struggle a bit in the immediate than lose Utley long term.

Remember, we're still in first, and we'll need Utley the most come late summer-early fall.

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