Chase Utley Not Yet Ready To Jog Or Run

Now we get to update an earlier item. A Ken Rosenthal report from Tuesday morning suggested that injured Phillies second baseman Chase Utley might be nearing the point at which he could begin jogging. However, Todd Zolecki has clarification:

Ruben Amaro Jr. said while Utley has improved, he is not close to jogging. Still feels some discomfort while fielding grounders.

So that takes care of that. Utley's knee is still barking when he moves side to side, and until that resolves itself, he probably isn't going to start jogging. He can't run if he can't jog, and he can't play if he can't run. So while Utley's making progress, it hasn't quite advanced to the level implied earlier.

The Phillies probably shouldn't count on having Utley in the lineup for another few months. On the plus side, they are 3-0, and Wilson Valdez has four hits in 11 at bats. So things could be worse. Utley's an irreplaceable player, but one could argue that the Phillies have an elite talent surplus.

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