Utley Set To Make Season Debut For Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will be activated off the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s game against Cincinnati.

The five-time All-Star returned to the team Sunday. Utley hasn’t played this season because of tendinitis in his right knee.

He played in his fourth straight rehab game Saturday night at Single-A Clearwater. He hit .281 with one homer in nine games.

Utley declined comment before Sunday’s game against Texas. Utley met with head trainer Scott Sheridan and team doctor Michael Ciccotti.

Utley has said after rehab games that he was feeling great.

The Phillies will also place right-hander Joe Blanton on the disabled list and will recall righty Vance Worley. The Phillies optioned infielder Pete Orr to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Blanton is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA in six starts this season. The 30-year-old was a late scratch in his last scheduled start, May 19 against the Colorado Rockies, with soreness in his throwing elbow.

Worley went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in four games with the Phillies in 2011.

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One Comment

  1. Curious Fan says:

    I’m immensely proud to see Utley back with the Phillies. At the same time, I don’t expect too much from him at the start. We all need to keep in mind that he has only played 4 complete games with Clearwater this season. Chase did not have the luxury of playing in the post-season. But I am incredibly curious though to say the least. Good luck Utley and welcome back!

    P.S. Don’t worry Valdez, just keep playing ball like you have been this season, and I can almost guarantee you that you will stay on the field. The Phillies would be crazy to get rid of your bat and accuracy with the glove! If Utley begins to show that he’s ready to be a regular on the starting lineup, just be flexible on the field and take any position Charlie hands you. But please keep the hits rolling!

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