It is official; Chase Utley will begin his rehab assignment with Class-A Clearwater today. This gives him 20 days to return to the big league club, putting his return around or before July 2, 2012.
Are you totally psyched? No? Yeah, I am not terribly optimistic either. It would just be wrong to expect the Utley of 2008 with 33 homers and a .380 on-base percentage to return. He has battled chronic knee issues for 2+ seasons now. And as of today, he has yet to play the field in a real game.
But in the back of your mind, aren’t you secretly praying, “Save us, Chase! You are the only one who can!”? However, great expectations are usually followed by great disappointment. We cannot expect one man to save the Phillies season. It is tempting though to think it could be possible, even if it is not likely.
So say Utley returns and looks like Mr. World-F*-Champions-era Utley. The expectations will grow even stronger. The problem with that is, some time down the road, those knees are going to ...