Chase Utley had a big zero in the hit column Tuesday night for single-A Clearwater on his rehab assignment. The story of course isn't the lack of a hit, but that there were plate appearances in the first place.
Utley has missed the entire season far but looks like he could be back in three weeks. The Philadelphia Phillies have him on a 20-day rehab plan before he rejoins the major league club.
Right now, the next step is getting Utley onto the field as a second baseman and not a designated hitter, which he was on Tuesday, according to Pennlive.com.
"He'll let his body dictate how fast he can get to the field and do that kind of stuff where he starts playing second base in games, but he seems to be moving around well," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It doesn't look like he has a whole lot of hesitancy and restriction, and that's a good sign."
The Phillies desperately need Utley to come back and provide some punch for an offense that has struggled.