June 20, 2014 |
There was a break between innings during a recent Phillies loss, and David Montgomery looked toward second base from the owner's suite at Citizens Bank Park. That is Chase Utley's spot; it was his when this sparkling ballpark opened, and when the Phillies signed Utley to a two-year contract last summer with three option years, Montgomery imagined it was Utley's until he relinquished it. Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins have started 1,129 games together, the most of all active double-play combinations.
November 3, 2009 |
Charlie Manuel was smiling in his office, 16 hours after his team handed the New York Yankees a nearly insurmountable lead in the World Series. "I feel fine," the Phillies' manager said, leaning back in the chair behind his desk. "Ready to go. Looking forward to it. . . . We came to the ballpark to win today. " On this team, Manuel sets the mood. The manager did not need to hold a meeting or deliver a speech; his players knew him too well. They knew that he expected them to worry only about playing a focused baseball game, and have fun doing it. That in-the-moment mind-set has always been the team's strength during the Manuel era, and it allowed the Phils to extend their season last night.
June 27, 2012 |
Chase Utley acknowledged that he is an optimist, only because he has felt nothing to dissuade him from that positivity. So the Phillies second baseman, nearing a return to the majors, sounded as upbeat as ever on Monday. On the eve of what is likely his final rehabilitation game, Utley said his troublesome knees feel better than they have in "a few years. " He believes they can be even stronger eventually. And he likely will bat third Wednesday night for Charlie Manuel's last-place Phillies, who desperately need anything resembling a boost.
March 24, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The red No. 26 bag was still hanging to the left of the locker, right where Chase Utley left it last weekend. The two dangling hats and stacks of black bats were untouched, too. There was no sign of any activity, and Phillies officials were reluctant to even confirm Utley's presence at camp following a visit to an unknown specialist in an unidentified location. "I haven't seen him," Charlie Manuel said, "but someone said he came here. " Secrecy shrouds the status of Utley's chronically injured knees and what consequences it could have on the Phillies' roster in the short and long term.
June 12, 2012 |
Chase Utley's rehab clock officially starts ticking at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Phillies announced Monday that their second baseman will begin his minor-league rehabilitation assignment when the single-A Clearwater Threshers play the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday night at Bright House Field. Utley will be Clearwater's designated hitter. Utley, out since the start of the season because of chronic soreness in both his knees, begins his rehab assignment nine days after he went to Clearwater and played in two extended spring-training games over a three-day period.
August 11, 2015 |
SAN DIEGO - With Jerome Williams fashioning his best start of the season and an opportunity to break the game open, manager Pete Mackanin decided to stick with the team's longtime cleanup hitter, Ryan Howard, with two on, two out and his team up two runs in the seventh inning of yesterday's game against the Padres at Petco Park. Maikel Franco had just been walked intentionally and Howard was matched up against San Diego lefty specialist Marc Rzepczynski. Howard, who is hitting .192 with 142 strikeouts in 328 at-bats against lefthanders since the beginning of 2013, struck out to end the rally.
August 21, 2015 |
YESTERDAY was a scheduled off day for Chase Utley, according to interim manager Pete Mackanin. He may not have been in the lineup, but it just so happened that all of the attention was on the 36-year-old second baseman, as trade rumors echoed throughout the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Not long after last night's 7-4 win over the Blue Jays, it was official: The Phillies traded Utley and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Darnell Sweeney and righthander John Richy.
August 16, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - The phrase of the afternoon from Phillies skipper Pete Mackanin was "day-to-day. " He used it five times in the less than five minutes he spent talking with reporters before Friday night's series opener against the Brewers. He first used it when talking about the status of third baseman Maikel Franco, who remains - you guessed it - day-to-day while recovering from a bruised left wrist after being hit with a pitch Tuesday night in the first inning in Arizona. Franco had been wearing a splint the last few days and tested his wrist before last night's game.
April 3, 2013 |
ATLANTA - It was more than two hours before game time, and the first player to emerge in the visitors dugout at Turner Field was Chase Utley. The Phillies' five-time all-star second baseman was not going to miss this opening day. Not after missing the last two. Not after starting his preparation for this season almost immediately after the end of last season. There was a look in Utley's eyes Monday as he leaned on the dugout railing and awaited the team's stretch exercises in preparation for his first opening day since 2010.