READING, Pa. -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has watched Chase Utley work out and told Beerleaguer that he looks for his second baseman to be ready by the regular season.
Manuel: "I like for Utley to answer for himself; you can get more out of him that way. But when the season starts, he’s going to be wanting to play. If he can’t play, that tells me that he’s definitely not ready. I’m not worried about it, because if he don’t start the first game of the season, I think he’s going to be very close. Actually, I look for him to start."