Phillies second baseman Chase Utley says his knee is okay

Posted: June 21, 2012

PHILLIES SECOND baseman Chase Utley played in his fifth rehab game for Class A Clearwater Tuesday night.

What comes next?

"I don't know," he said when asked where and when he was going to rehab next. "I really don't know."

Utley was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as a designated hitter in an 8-2 loss to Dunedin, a Blue Jays affiliate.

On Monday, he tested his chronically injured knees by playing second base for six innings in a win over Dunedin.

When asked before Tuesday's game whether his knees felt OK, Utley was succinct.

"Yes," he replied.

Utley is hitting .150 (3-for-20) with two RBI in five Florida State League games.

Barring a setback, he had 20 days to return from the rehab assignment, which began June 12.

Righthander Perci Garner, the Phillies' second-round draft pick in 2010 from Ball State, started for the Threshers on Tuesday.

He gave up three earned runs on four hits in four innings and is 3-4 with a 5.08 ERA in 13 starts.

In other news, righthander Colin Kleven, of the Lakewood BlueClaws, a Phillies Class A affiliate, pitched the fourth inning in Tuesday night's South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

The 21-year-old Kleven, who was credited with the win, was the Phillies' 33rd round pick in the 2009 draft.

He gave up two hits, struck out one and allowed no runs as the North Division All-Stars defeated the South, 3-2. n

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