Jun 02, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (26) during warmups prior to playing the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Chase Utley Update: Utley Activated From 15-Day DL Vs. Pirates On Wednesday

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been activated from the 15-day disabled list to play against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

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Chase Utley Status: Philadelphia Phillies Activate 2B From 15-Day DL To Play Vs. Pirates

The Philadelphia Phillies will finally have second baseman Chase Utley back in the lineup on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team activated Utley from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday afternoon. In order to add Utley back into the lineup (he will bat third), the Phils optioned infielder Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley (via MLB).

Utley has missed the entire 2012 season so far with a knee problem (bilateral chondromalacia). In rehab stints, Utley played nine games for Class-A Clearwater and one game Lehigh Valley.

Last season, Utley hit .259 with 11 homers, 44 RBI and 39 walks in 103 games. Martinez struggled at the MLB level and only hit .133 with a home run and 4 RBI in 16 games for Philadelphia this season.

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Chase Utley Update: Utley Plays Eight Innings At Second Base

Chase Utley continues to gear up for a return to the Philadelphia Phillies, giving his clearest indication Saturday night that his rehab assignment may be coming to an end sooner than later.

As reported by Phillies beat writer Ryan Lawrence, Utley played eight innings at second base for the Clearwater Threshers on Saturday in a 7-2 victory over the Daytona Cubs. Utley finished 0-3 but did record an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his second straight start for the Threshers and his ninth overall rehab appearance.

The Phillies will complete a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday before embarking on a four game homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates beginning on Monday, June 25.

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Chase Utley Update: Second Baseman To Play Consecutive Days In Field

Chase Utley might not be far away from making his season debut for the Philadelphia Phillies. On Saturday he will play second base on back-to-back days for the first time this season.

Utley, who is about to play his ninth game on his rehab assignment, has not yet found his stroke at the plate. In 29 at-bats, he has just five hits. However, he stole a base in his last game, showing that he is feeling more comfortable on his knee.

The Phillies have been playing Michael Martinez at second base.

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Chase Utley Update: Utley Hits First HR In Rehab Assignment

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley continued his rehabilitation for a recurring knee injury on Wednesday night, going 2-for-3 with his first home run since beginning a rehab assignment last week.

Utley's other hit was a single as he helped Clearwater to a 3-2 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays. He left the game after eight innings after starting at second base. At the time he left the game, Utley had batted in both of Clearwater's runs and managed two of his team's three hits. Three more hits in the ninth inning allowed Clearwater to eke out the victory.

With the first multi-hit game of his rehab assignment, Utley raised his batting average to .217 (5-for-23). He did not register an error in four chances in the field.

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Phillies May Be Looking To Sell If Injuries Continue, According To Report

The struggles of the Philadelphia Phillies have folks around the league talking. Some baseball execs are wondering if the Phillies will move into sell mode if they're not healthy and on the right track by July, according to a report from the NY Post (via MLB Trade Rumors). Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, two key parts of the Phillies offense as well as the infield, have yet to play in the 2012 season. Freddy Galvis, who was the replacement for Utley, is also out, Roy Halladay is out with an injury to his right shoulder, and Jose Contreras is missing time with an elbow injury.

With a $172 million dollar payroll and a last-place 31-36 record to show for it, some see Philadelphia looking to make some moves if they can't turn things around soon.

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Chase Utley Injury Update: Second Baseman Plays In Intrasquad Game

Philadelphia Phillies injured second baseman Chase Utley played five innings in an intrasquad game on Saturday, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. It's a small sign of progress for a player who just recently returned to the field.

The 33-year-old second baseman has yet to appear in a Major League game this season, as he deals with a knee injury. He's coming off his worst season as a professional, where he hit a career-low .259, with only 11 home runs and 44 runs batted in.

From 2005 to 2009, there were no better second baseman in all of baseball than Chase Utley. And it wasn't even close. Utley's cumulative WAR over that period was 39.2 – the next highest was 23.5.

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Chase Utley Injury Update: Utley Goes Hitless In Rehab Assignment

Chase Utley got back in action for single-A Clearwater but went 0-5.

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Chase Utley Injury Update: Phillies 2B To Begin Official Rehab Assignment Tuesday

Chase Utley will begin a rehabilitation stint with Philadelphia Phillies single-A affiliate Clearwater on Tuesday, the team announced Monday. The second baseman will DH as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Utley has been responding very well in extended Spring Training. He went 2-for-5 last Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays with a home run. He went 3-for-4 with another home run two days prior. Utley is running bases, which is a good sign. He still isn't playing defense, however.

Utley has now missed 62 games this season. The Phillies have suffered without his bat in the lineup. The team ranks eighth in the NL with 261 runs scored this season.

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Chase Utley Injury Update: Phils 2B Has Another Big Day In Extended Spring Training

Chase Utley had a double and a homer in Wednesday's extended Spring Training game against the Blue Jays.

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Chase Utley Injury Update: Phillies 2B Goes 3-4 With A Homer In Extended Spring Training Game

The Philadelphia Phillies infield injuries woes are not over but they got some good news from extended spring training on Monday: Chase Utley was mashing the ball (via CSN Philly).

During today's extended spring training game against the Yankees, Utley went 3-4 at the plate with a home run and a double. Utley has missed 55 games this season due to a knee injury and missed 46 games at the beginning last season with a similar knee injury. Utley is not yet working in the field as he works his way into more at-bats during extended spring games.

Last season after returning from injury, Utley hit .259 with 11 homers, 44 RBI and 39 walks. The 33-year-old said he feels ready to make the next move in his return this season.

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Chase Utley Injury Update: Second Baseman Takes Batting Practice

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Chase Utley, recently took two sessions of batting practice – before the Phillies game against the Cardinals – but still experiences some knee pain in the field.

Utley's BP sessions may have been encouraging, but his work in the field was limited and that's the part of the game that causes the second baseman's creaky left knee the most pain.

The 33-year-old has been banged up the last few seasons and clearly on the downside of his career. In 454 at bats in 2011, Utley hit a career-low 11 home runs and drove in only 44 runs batted in. His .259 batting average was also the lowest output of his career.

Even at less than 100 percent, Utley's eventual return to the Phillies lineup should provide a much-needed boost to the last place Phillies.

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Chase Utley Injury Update: Phillies Second Basemen Practices Before Monday's Game

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondback on Monday, however, lost in the shuffle of Philly's fourth straight loss was the return of second basemen Chase Utley to the diamond. Utley, who hasn't played yet this season because of a knee injury, wasn't in the lineup but he did take battling practice and fielded ground balls before Monday's contest.

"I'm not happy that I'm not playing," Utley, 33, said. "But I'm looking at it from a positive, like I always have. I've definitely gained strength over the past three weeks."

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Utley has been rehabbing in Phoenix at Fischer Sports Therapy and has gone from having a sting of pain every time he took the field in Spring Training to having no pain, just soreness, on Monday.

Utley did not reveal a timetable for his return, but Gelb hints that it maybe around the same amount of time as he missed in 2011 (46 games).

"I'd like to be back right now," Utley said. "I have to listen to my body, and right now it's telling me to continue to move forward with the things I'm doing. I don't want to put a certain date on it because I don't want to force something that's not ready to happen. When my knee is ready to go, I'll be out there."

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Chase Utley Knee Injury: Phillies Second Basemen Expects To Return This Season

Five days after leaving Spring Training to take care of a recurring knee injury, Philadelphia Phillies second basemen Chase Utley told reporters he believes he'll return sometime during the 2012 season, however, he doesn't know when.

"I truly believe I can get past this and contribute. But it's going to take a little time... It's not bad enough to have microfracture surgery," Utley said. "It's not bad enough to end my career. It's an issue I'm going to have to deal with."

Utley says he's already starting to feel better after meeting with a local specialist, who has treated other Philly athletes such as Donovan McNabb & Jim Thome.

"I've already seen benefits over the last four or five days from doing some new exercises," Utley said. "I'm very optimistic this is going to turn out well. But again it's going to take a little time and I have to do this right. I think it's important, not only for this year, but for the rest of my career. I'm 33 years old. I know some people think that's old, but I still feel like I have a lot of baseball left in me."

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Phillies Spring Training 2012: Chase Utley Looking To Stay Healthy

Chase Utley, the 33 year-old second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, is coming off a knee injury which limited him to only 103 games last season – a season in which his production greatly declined.

Utley hit a career-low 11 home runs after averaging 29 home runs per season from 2005 to 2009. Although age and injuries have contributed to Utley's inevitable decline, he says he feels much better this spring training than last.

"It feels significantly better. Last year it was very uncomfortable, especially the first week," Utley said. "Right now, I think I'm in a good place. The goal for me is to kind of stay in the same place and improve in small increments and not try to irritate it to the point where I'd have to slow down.

He credits his improving health to an off-season in which he was able to regain strength in his legs.

"I think there's no doubt that the things I was doing didn't allow me to strengthen my legs," he said. "But this offseason, I was able to strengthen them, maybe not quite as much as in the past, but they're definitely stronger than they were going into last year. My goal now is to maintain that. Ideally, it would be nice to make them stronger, but at the same time, I have to keep them loose and take it easy."

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