On, Wednesday, August 29, Chase Utley quietly went out to take ground balls at third base. When word spread like wildfire later that day, everyone downplayed it.
Utley, however, continued to practice at the position. But after a month and about a half dozen pregame sessions at third, the experiment has been put to rest.
On Friday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Utley wouldn't play third in any of the six games that remained on the 2012 schedule, and that he likely wouldn't take any more ground balls there, either.
“It's kind of on hold now, I guess,” Amaro said. “After having thought about it a lot, I think he's made progress at third base. I don't know if it's a matter whether or not he can do it. I think it's more a matter of practicality and what's really best for the team overall.