Utley hasn't played in a spring-training game since 2010. He missed each of the last two exhibition seasons while battling chronic knee pain.
Manuel has been impressed with Utley so far.
"I think he worked hard this winter," Manuel said. "I think he really put a lot of hard time in last year. He went to Arizona. And I think after the season was over, with the way he's swinging right now and the way he looks, you could tell he's definitely willing to pay the price to get back to where he was. I think Utley wants to play quite a few more years. And that's good."
Manuel said Utley likely wouldn't play when the Phillies travel to Lakeland to play the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Many veterans get breaks from spring-training road trips, so it's not altogether surprising.
"I don't see any sense in pushing him, taking him on longer trips," Manuel said. "If we play the Yankees [in Tampa] or Toronto [in Dunedin], that's different. But to get on the bus and go to Fort Myers, I'm not planning on taking him there."
Beginning Saturday, the Phillies play six of their first eight games at home or in Tampa or Dunedin, which are short drives from Clearwater.
With games beginning in Clearwater in just over 48 hours, the pitching schedule for the next week was posted in the home clubhouse Wednesday morning at Bright House Field. If you like to read into things, you can use it to project how the rotation will be assembled when the Phillies break camp.
Following Friday's intrasquad game, Cole Hamels will start in the Grapefruit League opener Saturday in Clearwater against Houston. B.J. Rosenberg, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer and Justin De Fratus are also scheduled to pitch Saturday.
Roy Halladay will start Sunday (at Lakeland opposite Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander), with Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan following on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee said the current alignment doesn't have any bearing on how he'll stack his pitchers when the regular season starts. But a day after saying he'd like to split the lefties when the season begins, Dubee slid Halladay in between Hamels and Lee and gave people more reason to believe Hamels will get his first career Opening Day start on April 1.
The only pitcher not listed on the current schedule, which runs through Thursday, Feb. 28, was setup reliever Mike Adams. Adams is recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and will be eased into game action this spring.
Adams was impressive throwing to hitters Tuesday in a live batting practice session.
"Mike might [only] need seven appearances, nine appearances [this spring]," Dubee said. "There's no reason to get him out there right now. But health-wise he's doing fine."
No Delmon timetable
Delmon Young continues to play catch and hit in the cage, but there is no timetable for when the Phillies expect him to get into a game this spring.
Young had microfracture surgery on his right ankle in November. On Wednesday, Manuel repeated what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said for the last month: that Young would likely begin the season on the disabled list.
But the Phils probably would like to see Young on the field at some point this spring. Young, who was used primarily as a designated hitter last season, is being asked to play rightfield with the Phillies.
He hasn't played an inning in rightfield since 2007.
Asked for a status update Wednesday, Young simply said, "I feel good."
Pitching prospects Jonathan Pettibone and lefthander Adam Morgan are scheduled to start in the Phillies intrasquad game Friday. The game, which begins at noon, is free to the public . . . The Phillies came to agreements on 2013 for nine players in camp on Wednesday: pitchers Phillippe Aumont, Justin De Fratus, Pettibone and Joe Savery, infielders Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez and outfielders Ben Revere, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. . . . Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt arrived in camp Wednesday for his annual work as a special instructor. Schmidt, who worked with the Phillies' starting infielders, was somewhat difficult to recognize without his trademark mustache . . . The Phils will have an abbreviated workout Thursday with the organization's annual golf outing to follow. The most intriguing team? Manager Charlie Manuel's team includes third-base coach Ryne Sandberg, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and broadcaster Gary "Sarge" Matthews. To be a fly on that golf cart . . .