POLL: Is Chase Utley Truly "Back" – Phillies Nation

POLL: Is Chase Utley Truly "Back"

It hasn’t been an easy run early on for Chase Utley. He has played in seven games since returning from the disabled list, batting .208 with one home run and two RBI. Defensively, everything looks to be relatively normal. It’s the bat that is the issue.

To be fair, Utley is still basically in Spring Training mode. He’s only 29 plate appearances into the season, and although the numbers aren’t there yet, there is a still a long season ahead for him to get it going. Utley’s batting average is quite low at this point, although he’s finding ways to contribute.

But what are YOU seeing? Are you happy with the progression? Are you happy with the way Charlie Manuel is utilizing Utley? Is this the breaking point for you – are you ready to start seeing the results from Chase ASAP?

Tell us what you think about Utley in the early going thus far. There are no wrong answers.

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  1. Don M

    May 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’m in the small camp that is worried until Utley can play everyday in the full-out style we’re used to. Its nice to see him stealing bags, and running aggressively… but there is still A LOT of season left.. so I think he still needs lots of off-days and the most important thing is for him to be “back” by the playoffs

  2. Chuck

    May 31, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Can’t say I’m necessarliy “worried”. More like cautiously optomistic. But also realistic as well. What he’s trying to come back from isn’t that easy…especially for someone like him that’s used to bringing it HARD every single day.

    Days off and being lifted late in games will help and are essential. Valdez is a fine defensive replacement so it makes sense to utilize him. Plus it keeps him (Valdez) sharp as well. And I agree….it’s really all about the playoffs.

  3. Manny

    May 31, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I think they’re doing a terrific job with Utley so far. The bat will come around as he is still just watching pitches and getting his timing right. He’s been having some really good at-bats, running well (stealing bases this early is definitely a great, great sign), and moving well on the field.

    I’m very optimistic about Chase.

  4. Pat Gallen

    May 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I’m somewhere in the middle right now. He looks strong and healthy, but they will have to keep him fresh.

    You know how Charlie gets – he hates sitting his best player.

  5. Brooks

    May 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Is there a new Utley?
    Is the Chase we are going to see topping out at .275, with 12-15 hrs and 66 rbi? With better than average D and aggresive base running? That wouldn’t be bad or

    Are we going to see .290 BA with close to 30 hrs, close to 100 rbi? (Of course projected over a full season, not in what remains).

    My point is do we need to adjust our expectations from the Chase that captured the hearts of Phillies fans? Is what we saw from year 2005 through 2009 gone? In those 5 years Chase scored more than 100 runs 4 times and knocked in 100 rbi or more 4 times.. his batting average bottomed out at .282 and topped at .332. There is noway to forget all that he has done for this city. With his potent bat in the lineup the Phils are virtually unstoppable.

    Cholly seems to be playing him pretty cautiously. Giving him time off, spelling him during the games. Lets just see what happens, all of PN is watching and hoping.

  6. Josh

    May 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

    So far I like what I see. Numbers aside, he is having very good ABs, which is going a long way in stabilizing the lineup.

    The conspiracy theorist in me keeps me on edge because part of me believes that this whole return is a “test” to see if he can play though the pain. Almost like this is the last ditch effort to avoid surgery. And two weeks or so from now the announcement is going to come down that he has to go under the knife and is done for the season or even longer.

    So yeah…I’m happy with the results so far. Just keeping my fingers crossed that we are not being snowed into thinking he is healthy.

    • buffy08210

      May 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Chase just doesn’t have any tread left in his knee. There seems to be little surgical solution — it’s not like an ACL or a simple meniscus, wish it were.

  7. Ryan H.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    consider that this guy basically had no spring training at all. when you factor that in, its amazing he’s able to hit or play the field at all. Hes basically in the second week in march down in clearwater physically and mentally right now. he obviously needs time to round into form and should be given that time. I still think he should only play 5 games a week maximum though until september. he wears down every year.

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