Philadelphia Phillies' second baseman Chase Utley played in his first rehab game last night since injuring his right oblique during batting practice on May 20.
As reported by Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com,
"Utley, a five-time All-Star, went 0-for-4, but put some good swings on the ball and looked comfortable in the field. Since the injury, Utley has repeatedly said he does not want to rush
back and risk re-aggravating his side. And even with the finish line of
the Majors close in sight, Utley said he was still unsure of when
exactly he could be back with the Phillies."
Utley hadn't taken any swings outside of a batting cage in a month, and said he felt his swing was at full strength on Wednesday night. Although he had no hits, he hit the ball hard a few times, and had no issues in the field or on the bases. It is unknown when Utley will return to the Phillies, and there is a possibility he will return to Reading for tonight's game.
Utley is a career .287 hitter with 206 home runs and an on-base plus slugging percentage of .874. This season, in 44 games he is batting .272 with 7 home runs and 25 runs batted in.