Utley expected to return in Game 2 against Marlins

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Chase Utley suffered a mild concussion after taking a pitch to the helmet last Wednesday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Those holding tickets to Game 2 of the Phillies' makeup doubleheader with the Florida Marlins Thursday appear to have the better end of the deal.

The Game 1 fans at Citizens Bank Park will get to see Kyle Kendrick make his first start and appearance since an Aug. 24 outing against the New York Mets. There's no telling how Kendrick will pitch on 21 days' rest. The Game 1 crowd will also get to see the double-play combination of Pete Orr at second base and Michael Martinez at shortstop with Brian Schneider behind home plate.

By contrast, the Game 2 crowd will not only get to see the white-hot Cliff Lee starting for the Phillies, they will also get to see the return of second baseman Chase Utley to the lineup. Utley has not played since Sept. 7 because of a concussion he suffered after being hit in the helmet by Atlanta reliever Eric O'Flaherty.

Utley said Thursday morning that he would talk about the concussion and his return after Game 2. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and catcher Carlos Ruiz are also expected to play in Game 2.


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