Phillies Notebook: Utley set for rehab assignment

Philadelphia Phillies v Minnesota Twins
The Phillies are being cautious with Utley. They won’t rush him back too soon.

Charlie Manuel smiled when he spoke of Chase Utley’s return to the field. The second baseman with the sweet, short stroke started a rehab assignment Wednesday with Double A Reading.

 

Utley has been out since May 20 with a strained right oblique. Expect the minor-league stint to be brief.

“I think he should be back with us Friday or Saturday (against the New York Mets),” Manuel said. “But we don’t want to rush anything. We’ve taken our time with this. We don’t want a relapse. We want Utley to be at 100-percent or close to it. I would think he would definitely give us a boost.”

 

Carlos Ruiz returned to the Phillies’ lineup Tuesday night. Ruiz had missed most of the season due to a suspension and a hamstring injury.

“We need to get him back in there,” Manuel said. “It’s important to have Utley and Ruiz out there. They’re a big part of this team. If we can get them going, we can make a run at this. We’re not that far out.”

 

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman echoes Manuel’s sentiments. The Phillies and the Nationals are tied for second in the NL East, each seven games behind the Atlanta Braves.

“Neither of us are that far out,” Zimmerman said. “Each team could make a run. Most of the season is left to play. Neither the Phillies or us have gotten hot yet. It’s going to be very interesting. The big games left are between us and the Phillies and the Braves. I think it would be foolish for fans to think the season’s over for us or the Phillies.”

 

If a Phillies fan was told before the season that Manuel’s squad would be tied with the Nats in mid-June, they would have rejoiced since most pundits had the Nationals winning the division, if not the World Series. It’s been a struggle for the Nats.

 

“I never pay attention to any of that,” Zimmerman said. “I didn’t pay attention to it this year, even though I heard a lot of people thought we were going to go really far. I didn’t pay attention to it when we were bad either. You never know what’s going to happen in not just baseball but in sports.”

 

 

 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

Local

Police look for man suspected of threatening Muslim…

Police seek man suspected of calling a teen Muslim girl a "terrorist" and spitting on her multiple times while on a Queens bus.

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

The Word

Paul Walker's brothers will replace him in 'Fast…

Ever since a car crash took Paul Walker's life, fans have wondered what the "Fast & Furious" franchise would do without one of its most beloved stars.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Accomplice Tour: New York (Spoiler Alert)

When I signed up for the Accomplice show tour, I had no idea what I was in for. But every grimy job comes with a great reward.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

NBA

Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NHL

Top 5 New York storylines for Rangers-Flyers playoff…

The Rangers and Flyers have a long history of animosity toward each other. Now they get to rekindle that rivalry in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Personalize your massage at a private practice

CityTouch customizes spa treatments to meet client's needs.

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.