Thu, Aug 8th 2013, 23:40
Chase Utley asked plenty of questions long before the Phillies agreed to a two-year, $27 million contract extension Thursday.
He might love Philadelphia. He might love the Phillies. But Utley plays to win.
The Phillies are expected to miss the postseason for the second consecutive year, and 2013 could be their first losing season since 2002. So Utley, the undisputed heart and soul of the Phillies clubhouse, asked Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. numerous questions about the direction of the organization and its ability to recapture its winning ways next season and beyond.
“I wanted to know where we’re at,” Utley said in a news conference announcing the extension. “[Amaro] laid it out for me. He said we want to win. We’re…
Mon, Jul 15th 2013, 16:08
Ruben Amaro Jr. has said a few times recently he pictures Chase Utley as a “Phillie for life.”
Nothing can be assumed or assured based on those three words. Anything can happen in the coming weeks and months, but the Phillies general manager’s sentiment is an indication of how high the organization holds Utley, who is the heart and soul of the Phillies’ clubhouse.
Utley entered Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox hitting .272 with 15 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 30 RBIs in 246 plate appearances. His .492 slugging percentage is his best mark since a .508 mark in 2009.
Utley, who becomes a free agent following the season, sounds like a man who would like to remain in…
Wed, Jun 12th 2013, 19:09
The Phillies badly need Chase Utley’s bat in the lineup.
The second baseman is getting closer to a return from the 15-day disabled list, but he said Wednesday at Target Field that no rehab assignment has been scheduled. But Utley has been swinging the bat this week, and he said it has gone well.
“So far, so good,” he said.
Utley has been on the DL since May 21 because of a strained right oblique. He said he could be back by the middle of the month. Of course, the middle of the month officially is this weekend, so maybe a return early next week is feasible.
“I think it’s still realistic,” he said. “Everything has gone well so far. Tomorrow I’m going to…
Fri, May 24th 2013, 10:29
It seemed a certainty Chase Utley would land on the disabled list this week.
The Phillies confirmed on Thursday evening he would.
They announced that Utley, who felt a burning sensation on his right side when taking swings during batting practice Monday in Miami, will be placed on the 15-day DL with what they’ve called a “very mild” Grade 1 strained oblique. They said there is no intercostal or rib-cage injury. He is eligible to be activated June 5.
The Phillies selected infielder Michael Martinez’s contract from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Utley’s place on the roster. Martinez has hit .188 with a .512 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in parts of two seasons with the Phillies. He hit .226 with a .570 OPS with Lehigh…