PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies at bat against the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 17 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chase Utley
Chase Utley is progressing well from his knee injury. The timetable for his return remains uncertain.
So take this as a positive: Utley took ground balls Wednesday for the first time in nearly a month. Then he woke up Thursday and decided he felt so good he wanted to run. And once batting practice started later in the afternoon, he was at second, taking more grounders.
The timetable of his return is still up in the air.
The 33-year-old second baseman is coming off the worst season of his career. In 103 games last year, he he just .259 – 31 points below his career average – hit 11 home runs and stole 14 bases.