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.