Amaro: Utley remains the 'same'

Chase Utley's status remains the same, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There is no change in Chase Utley's status, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said this morning. Utley has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game while sidelined with patellar tendinitis.

The second baseman has been shut down from doing anything besides hitting since Sunday.

Here's a little back-and-forth between Amaro and reporters this morning:


What is the biggest concern for the Phillies?

Q: Any update on Utley?

AMARO: Same.

Q: No running, no fielding?

AMARO: Same.

Q: No dissipation of the tendinitis?

AMARO: Same. Status quo.

Q: Is that bad news?

AMARO: It's not good news or bad news. It's same news.

So that about sums it up. Amaro said he told Utley on Wednesday he would like to see his second baseman play in 10 games this spring. For Utley to be able to do that, the latest he could return to action is March 21 and play every day after then.

The GM said he has not altered any plans yet, like say acquiring another infielder as insurance.

"I'm not going to be doing anything else because of this," Amaro said. "I mean, we'll watch some of the other guys [in camp] play, but we expect him to be our second baseman."

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