ST. LOUIS - Chase Utley has had more than 30 at-bats in the minors during his rehab for patellar tendinitis in his right knee, has played in the field on back-to-back days twice, and has experienced no setbacks.
But he will not be with the Phillies when the team begins a nine-game homestand Wednesday.
"Let's put it this way: He's not coming to Philadelphia in the middle of the week," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He needs at-bats."
Utley played the whole game, eight innings, for the first time Monday for single-A Clearwater. He was 1 for 4 with a first-inning RBI single in a Florida State League game against the Pirates' single-A affiliate in Bradenton, Fla.