Utley to make rehab start; Ruiz update

Chase Utley will begin his rehab assignment with single-A Clearwater. (Eddie Michels/For the Daily News)

Breaking news from the Clearwater Bureau of the Daily News, also known as Paul Hagen. . .

Chase Utley will step up his rehab tonight, making his first official rehab start for Class A Clearwater. This is significant first, because it is his first affiliated game. Second, it will be his first action on back-to-back days. Utley played in extended spring training games on Saturday and Monday.

The move also means that the clock is started for his return to the Phillies. Players can only stay on rehab assignments for 20 days, meaning until May 29. Presumably, though, the clock could stop if he has a setback.


Carlos Ruiz will catch Roy Oswalt in a Thursday night start for the Threshers. So if you want to check out a Threshers game this season, that might be the one to go to.

Ruiz caught five innings today in an extended spring game and went 0-for-4 at the plate. He showed no signs of the back problems that put him on the disabled list.

"I took a couple of big swings and didn't feel anything," Ruiz said. "It was a good day."

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