Checking on Florida Phillies

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Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit another home run in Saturday's intrasquad game in Florida. (Photo by Eddie Michels)

TORONTO — Chase Utley (knees) played five innings at second base in a minor-league intrasquad game Saturday and went 2 for 3 with a walk. Utley made his first appearance in the field Friday with four innings of work.

Ryan Howard (Achilles) played in the same game and went 2 for 4 with a home run but did not run the bases. Afterward, he took grounders at first and did some light base running activity.

In addition, Laynce Nix (calf) went 2 for 5 and played three innings at first base. He ran the bases after the game.

Utley is the lone player to have started an official rehab assignment. But with single-A Clearwater at its all-star break, camp games are the only opportunity for action.


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