Two months ago, Phillies fans were wondering just how long it would take Chase Utley to recover from hip surgery. Most experts penciled in Utley’s return for late May, maybe June.
Instead, it’s April 13, Utley has played every inning of the 2009 season, and these are his numbers through six games:
21 AB / 6 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 2 SB / .476 AVG / .577 OBP / .667 SLG
Moreover, his defense has been steady as usual, and of course, he’s running well. He hit the two-run home run that tied the game in the eighth inning Sunday against the Rockies. Yes, so far, Utley is playing the best baseball of any Phillie hitter. But honestly, did you doubt it?