Utley won't play in Grapefruit League opener

Phillies second baseman not fully recovered from sprained right ankle

Utley won't play in Grapefruit League opener

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will not be in the lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees at Bright House Field.

Utley sprained his right ankle in January and has not fully recovered.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said the Phillies are going to "ease him in a little down the road."

Sandberg declined to say if Ryan Howard or any other regulars will be in Tuesday's lineup.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.