Last year, Chase Utley was diagnosed with patellar tendinitis during spring training and missed the first six weeks of the regular season. This year, he hasn’t played in a game yet as the Phillies are trying to take it easy with their rapidly aging second baseman.
Utley has two years remaining on his contract with the team and it’s looking like he might not have much left in the tank when his deal is done. He hit just .259 with 11 home runs last season and hasn’t played more than 115 games in a season since 2009.
Utley missed the first 46 games last season and hasn’t participated in either team fielding drills or taking grounders during batting practice yet. He has hit, and Utley is optimistic that he will get into a game by next week.