While Utley is looking his healthiest in years, Manuel still wants to keep an eye on him.
"I want to make sure that I can get him off his feet every now and then," he said.
He also said the cold weather played a part in his decision. These are chilly nights in Philadelphia, and it might not be great for the knees.
Utley entered the night with an .882 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, which ranked fifth out of 21 qualifying second basemen in the big leagues.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.