Injury Updates: Utley, Contreras, Qualls, Howard

Just summarizing what Matt Gelb had to report today on the health of some of the Phillies…

Chase Utley — There is nothing really new here. Utley is still out in Arizona working on strengthening his knee.

There is still no timetable for his return, not even a comparison to the 43 games he missed last season.

“I couldn’t tell you that because we have to wait to see when he starts to play in games how he feels, how he’s doing,” GM Ruben Amaro said. “Chase is the kind of guy, as he’s shown in the past, when he wants to go, he goes. Last year when he came back, he was stealing bases, he was running. The one thing he didn’t have a whole lot of was his strength, which is something that he’s working on right now.”

Jose Contreras — Contreras should be near a return to the Phillies if all continues to go well for him.

Contreras pitched two strong outings at single-A Clearwater. He will pitch on consecutive days beginning Thursday. If he passes those tests, he could be activated from the disabled list by the end of the weekend.

“He doesn’t have any pain,” Amaro said. “He doesn’t have any symptoms.”

Chad Qualls — Qualls isn’t feeling any pain in his right ankle that kept him out of the last two Phillies games. He said he is good to go.

Ryan Howard — Amaro had this gross thing to say about Howard’s surgery wound:

“The wound was pretty deep,” Amaro said. “I didn’t have a really good grasp of this, but the wound was so deep you could almost stick your fingers in there. That’s how deep it was at the outset. The wound heals from in to out. It has taken time because it was a significant wound.”


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