Originally posted on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 6/21/12
Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and played eigth innings in the field in last night's rehab start with Clearwater. He can return to the Phillies no later than July 2. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso) There was more than one situation last night when the Phillies could have used Chase Utley's bat at the plate. Utley, who is by far the closest injured Phillie to return, was playing elsewhere once again. Utley has played six games in Clearwater, mainly as the DH, but made huge strides toward his return yesterday. He went 2-for-3 at the plate with a two-run home run and played eight innings in the field, his most on his rehab stint. Utley's overall numbers in rehab aren't great, hitting just .216 with one home run and four RBIs, he is still making great progress. In the field, where his injured knee will be tested most, Utley has helped nab stealing baserunners, turn double plays and has made all of the routine plays as well. Utley's return is around the corner. It's ...
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