Utley to Reading Tonight, Could Return this Weekend



The Phillies have announced that Chase Utley will begin a rehab assignment in Reading tonight. Utley has been out since May 20 with an oblique/rib cage injury.

Before going to the DL, Utley hit .272/.339/.475 with 7 homers and 25 RBI. With Ben Revere and Michael Young hitting their stride, the addition of Utley – which could be as early as this weekend – should strengthen the top of the order, adding to it another on-base guy.

It’s my own speculation he’ll be back this weekend, but you’d think with the way Carlos Ruiz was handled – playing in just two rehab games – the same will likely hold true with Utley. The Phillies finish up with the Nationals tonight and will look to sweep, but they also get the Mets this weekend, which is a winnable series.



  1. Double Trouble Del

    June 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Can we surmise that Howard will then travel to the DL to take care of his ailing knee?

    • schmenkman

      June 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I haven’t seen or heard anything that would indicate this.

  2. Cherry Phil

    June 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Don’t think Howard is going to DL. This is a little out of the box, but I would move Frandsen to LF and Dom to RF when Utley returns. Frandsen has played a little OF in his career and I would rather have his bat than Delmon’s.

    My lineup: Revere, Frandsen or Rollins, Utley, Howard, M Young, Dom, Frandsen or Rollins,

  3. bacardipr

    June 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I thought they would be a small chance they would DL Howard, then i realized this is the Phillies. I doubt they will especially since he actually been hitting “good” last few games. I would like to see Frandsden worked in the lineup to somehow just dont see Charlie doing it.

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