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Chase Utley's experiment at third base is all but dead

MIAMI — Chase Utley will no longer pursue a possible position switch to third base after Phillies officials deemed it impractical.

Chase Utley's experiment at third base is all but dead

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The Phillies are not going to move Chase Utley to third base. (Matt Slocum/AP)
The Phillies are not going to move Chase Utley to third base. (Matt Slocum/AP)

MIAMI — Chase Utley will no longer pursue a possible position switch to third base after Phillies officials deemed it impractical.

Utley was informed of the team's decision during a pregame meeting Friday at Marlins Park with Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel. He had completed a half-dozen practice sessions at third and demonstrated "progress," Amaro said.

Ultimately, the team did not believe it could accurately evaluate Utley's viability there with only six games remaining in 2012.

"I don't know if it's a matter whether or not he can do it," Amaro said. "I think it's more a matter of practicality and what's really best for the team overall. While having that option would be helpful, I don't know if it's really an option that's going to make us necessarily better."

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Amaro said the idea isn't "dead." But Utley will cease his workouts at third and it appears the team is fully headed in another direction.


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