Chase Utley's injury is getting better. Slowly but surely, the Phillies' second baseman is making progress in recovering from his knee problems. He's taken batting practice, he's made throws from second base, and he's fielded groundballs while sitting in a chair (so he doesn't have to move side-to-side).
But despite the progress, Utley has yet to appear in a Spring Training game, and an appearance isn't exactly around the corner. So with the season beginning next week, general manager Ruben Amaro finally acknowledged that Utley is going to open on the disabled list.
This news isn't surprising, and really just confirms what we've long suspected. For as long as Utley is out, the Phillies will lean on inferior alternatives. They just signed the recently-released Luis Castillo. There are also guys like Wilson Valdez and Josh Barfield available. Whoever wins the job is sure to represent a significant downgrade from one of best players in the league.