Which Chase Returns?

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Chase Utley has played competitive baseball for just five of the last 17 months. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

The question of "when" Chase Utley returns is one of the problems the 2012 Phillies are facing, but the more important question may be "which" Chase Utley returns.

His nine-season major league career to date, breaks down neatly into a trio of three-year segments. And it doesn't take much to see that his production over the last three seasons is much closer to his first three (two of which were spent as a part-time major leaguer) than the middle three seaons (2006-08), when he was among baseball superstars.

Here are how Utley's career regular season numbers break down:

        2003-05          2006-08         2009-11
Games 284 451 374
Batting Avg. .276 .310 .273
   Hits-AB 261-944 556-1795 381-1394
On-Base Pct. .350 .388 .380
   Walks 95 177 190
   Strikeouts 171 325 220
   SO Pct. .181 .181 .158
Slugging Pct. .496 .542 .465
   Total Bases 468 972 648
Home Runs 43 87 58
   HR/At-Bat .046 .048 .042
Runs Prod./Gm.*     .099 1.26 1.03
   Runs 142 348 241
   RBI 183 309 202

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