Game 49: The Utley maintenance program

Chase Utley will not start Wednesday night against the Reds. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

After two days of playing, Chase Utley will rest Wednesday. He is not in the lineup as the Phillies take on Reds lefthander Travis Wood, who almost threw a perfect game against them last season. Instead, Wilson Valdez is at second.

All parties involved, from Manuel to Utley and GM Ruben Amaro Jr., have said Utley's right knee will be managed with caution. Manuel said he had a schedule for Utley sitting inside his desk but would not reveal it to reporters.

In his first two games, Utley is 1 for 9. He had a bunch of challenging plays in the field Tuesday and looked fine. He's also running every ground ball out hard, like usual.


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But the chronic problems in his knee will require restraint. Wednesday is the first example of it.

With the lefty on the mound, Charlie Manuel will also sit Domonic Brown. That means Ben Francisco is in right, batting... second. He did that all of one time in 2010.

The lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Ben Francisco 9
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. John Mayberry 8
8. Wilson Valdez 4
9. Roy Halladay 1

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