PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley, who has yet to play this season because of chondromalacia in his left knee, could be activated by the Phillies on Wednesday, according to a CSNPhilly.com report.
The report, which cites an anonymous source, says that Utley is expected to return to Philadelphia for the last portion of his rehabilitation assignment -- which might include one last rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday -- before he is activated. Utley has played in nine games with Class A Clearwater, where he's 5-for-32 with one home run and five RBIs.
The 33-year-old went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and played eight innings at second base on Saturday night, marking the first time during his rehab that he took the field on back-to-back nights. He played all nine innings at second base for the Threshers on Friday night.
The fact that Utley played the field two days in a row is a positive sign. Saturday was the 12th day of Utley's rehab stint. Position players on rehab assignments have 20 days to be activated by their Major League ballclub, so it would make sense that Utley could return this week. Barring any type of setback, Utley has until July 2 to be activated.
The Phillies play a four-game series with the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park starting on Monday.