Phillies Hope to Activate Chase Utley by Wednesday

Jun 02, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (26) runs the bases during batting practice prior to playing the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to activate veteran second baseman Chase Utley from their disabled list by Wednesday, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. According to Salisbury, the Phillies hope to have Utley in their lineup by Wednesday.

Utley has yet to make his season debut with the Phillies due to chronic knee soreness. The 33-year-old has logged nine games with Philadelphia’s Single-A affiliate and is expected to make at least one more minor league appearance with the team’s Triple-A squad.

Over his nine games with Single-A Clearwater, Utley has hit at a clip of .156/.263/.250. Salisbury notes that he played defense in consecutive games for the first time Friday and Saturday night. This was considered to be an important step in Utley’s return to the Phillies roster.

Utley is expected to be activated from the DL following his Tuesday appearance with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Philadelphia’s Triple-A club. His minor league rehab assignment ends on July 1.

Last season for the Phillies, Utley maintained a line of .259/.344/.425. He owns a career OPS of .882.

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