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Utley plays simulated game, sees live pitching

Posted on: May 1, 2011 5:54 pm
By Matt Snyder

Injured Phillies second baseman Chase Utley took a big step forward Sunday afternoon. The All-Star has been out the entire 2011 season with patellar tendinitis, chondrolmalacia and bone inflammation in his right knee, but Sunday he took swings off live pitching.

Granted, it was only pitching coach Rich Dubee on the hill during a "quasi simulated game for three innings," (Matt Gelb via Twitter) but it's still work against live pitching. The Phillies haven't put a specific timetable on Utley's return, but have said they're hopeful he can make it back before the end of May.

They could definitely use his bat. They're in first place and are scoring runs at a decent pace, but Wilson Valdez is playing second. He's hitting .239 with a .565 OPS, making him one of the worst everyday hitters in baseball. To contrast, Utley has a career .894 OPS. Last season, in just 115 games, Utley hit .275 with an .832 OPS and 16 home runs, 65 RBI, 20 doubles, 75 runs and 13 steals. When completely healthy, he's a top five second baseman.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2011 7:23 pm

Utley plays simulated game, sees live pitching

My former favorite player is an Ironman.If he quit now he'd be a shoo=in for the HOF.He will milk this for a couple more years, maybe get traded.The guy loves the game so much he could play himself into a mediocre player.Hang it up Chase.

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