"We're just trying to find some techniques and things for him to do so surgery is not required," Amaro said.
Thus far, Utley has been limited to hitting in practice, which he says does not bother his knee, and fielding ground balls while seated in a chair. He has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game, and would require a near-miraculous recovery to be ready to play on Opening Day, which is 2 weeks from today.
"Opening Day is not my concern," Amaro said. "Getting him healthy is my concern."
Polanco, who hyperextended his elbow while swinging at a pitch, said he is 100 percent sure that he will be ready to play on Opening Day.
"Oh, yeah, yeah," the third baseman said. "What do we have, 15 days?"
Lee logs four
Cliff Lee wasn't happy with the way he finished yesterday's outing in a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays. The veteran lefty pitched three scoreless innings before allowing five runs in the fourth, including home runs by Juan Rivera and Edwin Encarnacion.
"The first three innings, the last one not so much so," said Lee, who is expected to pitch two more times before making his regular-season debut against the Astros at Citizens Bank Park on April 2. "It was just getting behind in the count, that was the main thing there. I got behind and had to catch more of the plate and they got hit. It happens. But physically I feel good. I got some reps in, and on to the next one."
The Phillies lost to the Blue Jays, 7-6, to drop to 13-8 in Grapefruit League play . . . Lefty Mike Zagurski is quietly having a solid spring. Yesterday, he struck out three of the four batters he faced and now has nine strikeouts while allowing just one run and five hits with one walk in seven innings . . . Shane Victorino, who set a career high with 18 home runs last season, hit his first of the spring, going 1-for-3. Victorino is hitting .341 . . . ESPN has picked up coverage of the Phillies' opener against Houston, but the game will be blacked out locally and in the Harrisburg and Scranton areas and shown on MyPHL17.