Chase Utley will be activated from the 15-day disabled on Monday before the Phillies' game against the Cincinnati Reds, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Sunday. In anticipation of Utley’s return, the Phillies have optioned infielder Pete Orr to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies also will place righthander Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, retroactive to May 16, with right elbow inflammation. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, the Phillies will recall righthander Vance Worley from Lehigh Valley, who will start Tuesday night against the Reds.
Utley, 32, has spent the entire season on the DL with right knee tendinitis/chondromalacia. He appeared in nine games with single-A Clearwater as part of a rehabilitation assignment, batting .281 in 32 at-bats with two doubles, one home run, four RBI and four runs scored. He also went 6-for-14 with two home runs in two extended spring training games. Last season, Utley hit .275 with a .387 on-base percentage, 20 doubles, 16 HR, 65 RBI and 75 runs scored in 115 games.
Orr, 31, is batting .230 with three RBI in 26 games in his first season with the Phillies. Defensively, he has appeared in 20 games at second base and one at third base.
Blanton is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA in six starts with Philadelphia this season. He was previously on the DL from April 29 (retroactive to April 24) to May 3 with a medial impingement in his right elbow. The 30-year-old was a late scratch in his last scheduled start, May 19 against the Colorado Rockies, with soreness in his throwing elbow.
Worley, 23, has posted a 2-0 record with a 1.13 ERA in four games with the Phillies in 2011. In two starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. He began the year with an 11.0-inning scoreless streak and has allowed just two earned runs overall in 16.0 innings. In five starts with Lehigh Valley this season, he is 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA.
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