Worth noting

Worth noting

• Second baseman Chase Utley (left knee injury) served as the designated hitter for Class A Clearwater on Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

• Ryan Howard (left Achilles surgery) participated in an extended spring camp game Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla.

• Outfielder Laynce Nix (strained left calf) also hit in the extended game. "I don't think he's got near as much ground to cover as hard," Proefrock said. "Without any setbacks I think we could see him heading out on a rehab within a week or so."

• Right-hander Justin De Fratus (sprained right elbow) is throwing from 120 feet. "There's a light at the end of the tunnel for him," Proefrock said.

• Right-handers Mike Stutes (right shoulder inflammation) and David Herndon (right elbow inflammation) are scheduled to meet with team physician Michael Ciccotti next week. They have progressed slowly from their injuries.