Originally written on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 10/31/14
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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley continues taking ground balls at third base and could soon be known as third baseman Chase Utley.  Sunday's television broadcast showed Utley taking ground balls at third base in Houston, and Monday, the Inquirer's Matt Gelb wrote that Utley took more ground balls.  That the Phillies and Utley are devoting so much time to this is indicative of one thing: Utley needs to leave second base. Utley's degenerative knee condition is well-known.  This is not an injury that will heal; this is something that will affect Utley as long as plays baseball.  The demand of playing second base is high, going after balls up the middle.  We all know Utley will always give maximum effort as long as he is there.  But, that works against him as he tries to manage what essentially is having no cartilege in his knees.  So, a less demanding position is in order.  The question, then, is which. The obvious position for Utley to play would be first base.  Utley got to play...
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