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Phillies Decided On Friday to End Third Base Experiment For Utley

NOTE: News broke yesterday, but no one from the site was available to post it until this morning.

Phillies 2B Chase Utley. (Matt Slocum/AP)

After a month — since August 29 to be exact — of fielding ground balls at the hot corner and the discussion that followed, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will not play third base in the final six games of the season for the Phillies.

The Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel simply told Utley before Friday’s 2-1 loss to Miami that they were going to not pursue the idea of Utley at third base. They both felt that the six remaining games was not enough of a sample size to evaluate Utley at that position.

“I don’t know if it’s a matter whether or not he can do it,” Amaro said. “I think it’s more a matter of practicality and what’s really best for the team overall. While having that option would be helpful, I don’t know if it’s really an option that’s going to make us necessarily better.”

Amaro also added, “”In retrospect, it would be difficult to make a real assessment in six games, to watch this guy play and say, ‘OK, we know Chase Utley is going to be an average defender and better for our team.’ That’s a very difficult thing to be able to assess. None of us are good enough scouts to be able to do that.”

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Phillies to Honor Atlanta’s Chipper Jones on Friday

The Philadelphia Phillies will honor a rival who has terrorized them for nearly two decades.

On Friday before their series with the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies will honor Chipper Jones, who plans on retiring at the end of the season. The Phillies join a handful of teams who already have honored Jones for his illustrious career, all while playing for one team.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, the two longest tenured Phillies, are expected to take part in the ceremony.

Jones, who turned 40 this year, is a career .332/.442/.599 hitter against the Phillies with 49 homers and 151 RBIs in 243 games.

Utley Ready to Play Third; Needs Two Things to Happen

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley made waves in the past few weeks with his new found interest in playing third base.

But before the Phillies plan to experiment with Utley’s interest in third base in a real-game scenario, two things need to occur.

First, Utley needs to go to Charlie Manuel and say that he is 100 percent confident in his abilities to field the ball and make the throw from third base, a big step from playing second base his entire Major League career.

Second, the Phillies will need to fall out of playoff contention.

The Phillies are currently four games out of the Wild Card with 15 games to play. St. Louis is four games ahead while Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh all lie in between.

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Kratz, Utley Homers Sets Early Tone in Phillies Win

Phillies 6, Reds 2
WP – Roy Halladay (9-7, 3.87)
LP – Mike Leake (7-9, 4.23)

CINCINNATI — Getting to Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake early and often was the goal for Philadelphia.

They did so in the 2nd inning. After a Domonic Brown RBI single, Erik Kratz hit a three-run homer that blew the game open 4-0.

An inning later, Chase Utley hit a two-run homer off Leake to give the Phillies and Roy Halladay a 6-0 lead. It chased Leake from the game in the 3rd inning.

Halladay cruised through 7 1/3 innings, allowing a run on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. He earned his ninth win of the season and lowed his ERA to 3.87.

2B: Mayberry (20). HR: Kratz (9), Utley (10).

Boxscore.

Utley Approached Amaro About Playing 3B; Polanco Weighs In

PHILADELPHIA — If Chase Utley couldn’t get any cooler…

The Phillies second baseman approached general manager Ruben Amaro today and brought up the idea of playing some third base. Utley wanted to take some grounders and try out a new position to create some flexibility.

“Chase is one of those guys, if he puts his mind to it… it’s worth exploring,” Amaro told reporters.

Amaro also said that Utley tried out third base while in the Minors but struggled with the throwing. Obviously times have changed and Utley’s arm has improved, Amaro added.

If this works, it would fill a huge hole for next season, and give Freddy Galvis somewhere to play. It’s also a contract year for Utley so it could potentially increase his value.

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Utley’s 8th Inning Homer Backs Masterful Outing By Halladay

Phillies 3, Cardinals 1
WP – Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80)
LP – Barret Browning (0-1, 4.11)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (25)

PHILADELPHIA — A bit of small ball and long ball propelled the Phillies past the Cardinals in the 8th inning.

Juan Pierre laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Jimmy Rollins over to third for the first out. The bunt set up a sacrifice fly opportunity for Chase Utley.

Utley was able to put the ball in the air, but instead of landing in an outfielder’s glove it landed in the back part of the Phillies bullpen to give them a 3-1 lead in and the win.

It was Utley’s eighth homer of the season as well his 196th in his career. It moved him to ninth overall in Phillies history, passing Bobby Abreu on the list.

The main story of the game belonged to Roy Halladay. Doc, who has been the hot topic as of late in regards to shutting down the 35-year-old ace, was absolutely stellar for his sixth win of the season.

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Utley Will Return Wednesday

UPDATE – 

Soon guys, soon.

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State of the Phillies: A State of Panic?

Going into this post, I really didn’t know what I wanted to write. So a fair warning: this is me babbling incoherently about how awful the Phillies are and how the fact the sky is falling. Ready, Go!

I want to panic with the Phillies 31-37 record following a sweep in Toronto and 3-6 road trip. I want to panic with the Phillies being nine games out of first place and in last place of the division.

But it’s June with just over 90 games to play on the season and the Phillies will be getting back Chase Utley in at the most two weeks. Surely with that allotted amount of time left in the season and with the health of the team bound to improve fans shouldn’t be jumping ship yet.

It’s easier said than done and it has sent the Phillies into an early panic mode, at least it should.

The Phillies are still without their Big Three. Utley will be back in two weeks at the latest, Ryan Howard is still a mystery and Roy Halladay still has over a month to go before a return becomes possible.

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Utley Will Begin Official Rehab Tomorrow

Chase Utley will be back in a Phillies uniform no later than July 2.

The All-Star second baseman will start his official rehab assignment tomorrow with the Clearwater Threshers (A).

As a position player, Utley will have 20 days at the most to rehab, meaning July 2 is the latest he can return to the Phillies lineup.

(Actually, the latest is July 3 against New York because the Phillies are off on July 2.)

The boost from Utley will be much needed. The Phillies are going to have to endure three more weeks of Michael Martinez and Mike Fontenot platooning at second base while Freddy Galvis is out for an extended period of time with a pars fracture (lower back).

Also, the Phillies are currently eight games out of first place and four games under .500.

Utley will be a designated hitter to start. It isn’t known when he will play in the field.

Utley Heading to Florida; Will Play In Games

Finally some good news has officially surfaced for Chase Utley and his injured left knee.

Rehabbing with the team for the past month, Utley’s knee looked strong enough for him to head down to Clearwater. Utley will go there tomorrow and begin playing in Spring Training games immediately.

“I’m excited about it,” said Utley, who has miss the season’s first two months with chondromalacia in his left knee. “I’ve made some progress in the next two months and I’m ready to take the next step.”

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