Chase Utley Takes Grounders During Batting Practice

If the headline doesn't read that exciting, well, it's more important than you thing. Chase Utley's degenerative knee condition is extremely painful, and the Phillies second baseman says the pain is at its worst when he's in the field. From Matt Gelb:

For the first time since rejoining the team May 5, Chase Utley fielded ground balls during batting practice. He moved side-to-side and at full speed for the duration of practice.

There is still no exact timetable for Utley's return, and in his absence, the Phillies have used Freddy Galvis, who's hit .235 with a .273 on-base percentage. The good news is that his slugging percentage is .374, which is probably a little higher than what the Phillies were expecting. So, yeah.

With Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard out, the Phillies' offense has sputtered. But their pitching has kept them in games, and they got to the .500 mark on Wednesday night.

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