Utley scratched from lineup vs. Yankees

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. (Matt Slocum/AP)

UPDATED (1:22 p.m.): Utley was in fact scratched as a precaution since the Phillies are playing on a field drenched by a morning rain storm. Carry on. 



And so it begins...

Or doesn't.

Frankly, we don't know just yet why Chase Utley was scratched from today's lineup minutes before the Phillies were to take the field against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field.

There was a tornado watch in the area today and heavy rain throughout the morning. The field got pretty wet.

Chase Utley, of course, has a pair of bad knees. They prevented him frmo playing any spring training games in each of the last two years.

So, perhaps it was a precautionary move, to keep Utley off a wet field. 

But Ryan Howard is playing. So is Jimmy Rollins. And Michael Young, and Domonic Brown and Ben Revere...

Utley was set to play in his third game in four days before being scratched. And, if you include the intrasquad on Friday, his fourth game in five days.

When we know more, we'll pass it along.

Here is the adjusted Phillies lineup.

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Ben Revere, CF

3. Kevin Frandsen, 2B

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Michael Young, DH

6. Domonic Brown, LF

7. Laynce Nix, RF

8. Cody Asche, 3B

9. Steven Lerud, C

Kyle Kendrick is pithcing.