When we last left off, Cliff Lee was on the DL and Kyle Kendrick entered the rotation.
**Pause while I weep for both Cliff Lee on the DL and Kyle Kendrick pitching.**
In today’s episode, Chase Utley proves that he is in fact alive and bad news with Hunter Pence.
The Good News:
Chase Utley, who has spent the entire season, and all Spring Training games, on the DL has met up with the team in Phoenix. The rest of the team is there to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, Utley is there to work on his knee.
Within about 2 minutes, every single beat writer tweeted that Utley was taking grounders at second and looked decent out there. Then they all tweeted that he was taking swings.
Utley talked to the media (!!! That might be the most surprising thing about all of it. Utley talked! And according to Todd Zolecki on twitter, smiled, TWICE!)
To sum up everything that Utley said: He’s feeling better, stronger, but won’t put any timetable on his return.
The Bad News:
Hunter Pence is out with a sore arm.
Charlie Manuel said he hurt it in San Francisco by running into the wall. Pence said he injured himself yesterday in San Diego. Either way, he’s injured and since he hasn’t seen a doctor yet, there is no clue how bad it is.
So, take that as you will.
This concludes tonight’s episode of: As The Phillies Roster Turns. Join us next time! Good night everyone!
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