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White House visit re-scheduled, plus updates on Utley and pitching

*The Phillies will make a belated visit to the White House in honor of their 2008 World Series victory next Friday prior to a game against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. The club was originally scheduled to make the ceremonial trip to meet the President on April 14, but it was postponed after the death of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas the day before. The Phillies will visit the White House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before leaving for their game at Nationals Park. *Chase Utley continues to battle through soreness in his right foot, the result of being hit by Mets righthander Mike Pelfrey on May 1. Utley has missed two games since the incident and is just 1-for-10 with no extra base hits in the four games he has played. "His foot kind of gets tight during the game," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He'll be real loose, he'll be feeling real good, and as he stays on it, it tightens up. He gets sore, he gets tight." Manuel said he hasn't noticed the foot affecting Utley in the batters' box. "I do notice it sometimes when I watch him run the bases or he has to really run hard," Manuel said. "I notice it at times." *Manuel faces daily questions about the composition of his starting rotation, thanks to the recent struggles of his starters combined with the impressive performance of young lefthander J.A. Happ as a long reliever. But Manuel said he is in no hurry to make changes. "You guys seem like you are in a hurry for us to freakin do something with our pitching," he said. "Hey, we won a World Series with four of those starters. That was our rotation. And the other guy, in spring training, he pitched very good."

White House visit re-scheduled, plus updates on Utley and pitching

*The Phillies will make a belated visit to the White House in honor of their 2008 World Series victory next Friday prior to a game against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. The club was originally scheduled to make the ceremonial trip to meet the President on April 14, but it was postponed after the death of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas the day before. The Phillies will visit the White House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before leaving for their game at Nationals Park.
 
*Chase Utley continues to battle through soreness in his right foot, the result of being hit by Mets righthander Mike Pelfrey on May 1. Utley has missed two games since the incident and is just 1-for-10 with no extra base hits in the four games he has played.
"His foot kind of gets tight during the game," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He'll be real loose, he'll be feeling real good, and as he stays on it, it tightens up. He gets sore, he gets tight."
Manuel said he hasn't noticed the foot affecting Utley in the batters' box.
"I do notice it sometimes when I watch him run the bases or he has to really run hard," Manuel said. "I notice it at times."
 
*Manuel faces daily questions about the composition of his starting rotation, thanks to the recent struggles of his starters combined with the impressive performance of young lefthander J.A. Happ as a long reliever. But Manuel said he is in no hurry to make changes.
"You guys seem like you are in a hurry for us to freakin do something with our pitching," he said. "Hey, we won a World Series with four of those starters. That was our rotation. And the other guy, in spring training, he pitched very good."

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