Utley cleared to swing bat

Chase Utley visited hand specialist Dr. Andrew Weiland in New York City and was cleared to begin a hitting progression, although not much has changed regarding his return date.

The star second baseman, who underwent surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb on July 1, is expected to return sometime after Aug. 26, which would be eight weeks after the procedure.


“From this point forward it’s just going to be a matter of how he feels and how he progresses,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. “We’re still on the same timetable we’ve been on before. It’s gone pretty much according to plan at this point.”