Utley To Begin Official Rehab AssignmentBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Monday, June 11th, 2012
The injured second baseman will begin a 20-day rehab assignment on Tuesday, with July 2nd being the latest he can return to the team. He’ll begin play as a DH with Single A Clearwater.
While its good to see Utley continue to make progress towards returning to the big leagues, the fact that he still isn’t well enough to play the field remains disturbing. After over three months of rehab workouts and rest, he still hasn’t felt good enough to take the field and expects to be back at second base for the Phillies within three weeks?
It makes me wonder just how bad Utley’s knee condition really is right now, and how much worse its going to become in the future. The Phillies can’t keep counting on a player that is going to spend half of the regular season getting himself ready to play.
By the time Utley returns to the field this season, it may already be too late for him to contribute in any meaningful way.
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