Sunday, May 3, 2015

Another day of rest for Chase Utley

Before the season started, Charlie Manuel vowed he would rest his aging infield more often. He did not write Chase Utley's name in his lineup for the second time in nine games and it was best evidence yet of Manuel's prudence.

Another day of rest for Chase Utley

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. (Tom Mihalek/AP)
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. (Tom Mihalek/AP)

Before the season started, Charlie Manuel vowed he would rest his aging infield more often. He did not write Chase Utley's name in his lineup for the second time in nine games and it was best evidence yet of Manuel's prudence.

Freddy Galvis started at second base Tuesday.

"Chase is fine," Manuel said. "It's going to be another five days before we have an off day in Cleveland. After that, there are about 13 more days before we have one. I want to make sure I can get him off his feet every now and then."

The manager added that the cold weather makes for greater risk of pain for Utley's chronically injured knees. 

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Did Utley's recent miscues — moving the wrong direction on a grounder, forgetting how many outs there were and a throwing error — have anything to do with the timing?

"No," Manuel said. "He's all right. Just shut up and leave him alone. He's fine. He'll get mad at me and work."

Entering Tuesday, Utley was the team's leader with an .882 OPS. That ranked fifth among all major-league second basemen.

EXTRA BASES. Carlos Ruiz started his minor-league stint Tuesday at single-A Clearwater. He will play there again Wednesday and then move to double-A Reading for games Friday and Saturday before being activated Sunday in New York. ... Jonathan Pettibone became the third Phillies pitcher to record at least six strikeouts without a walk in his major-league debut. The others: Charles Hudson in 1983 and Carlton Loewer in 1998.


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