Amaro admits to Utley soreness: Before the game, CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury provided an update on the status of Chase Utley's knee: "Amaro, for the first time, did admit that Utley has dealt with some soreness in his knee but was not sure which knee was affected. 'He has had some intermittent soreness like any other player has over the course of a season,' Amaro said. 'Guys get soreness in their wrists, their ankles. Pitchers get soreness in their shoulders after they throw. That does not mean they are injured. Every guy who puts an ice pack on is not injured.”He has had some intermittent soreness like any other player has over the course of a season.'"
Salisbury goes on to write that Amaro was asked if the team had administered an MRI on Utley’s knee, and he said no, He continues by writing that "an official from an opposing club recently told CSNPhilly.com that his team’s scouting reports said it looked as if Utley was playing hurt."
So there you have it: Utley is banged up. The severity of the injury depends on who's doing the talking. Utley says he's not, but Utley wouldn't say jack.
Notes: In old business, Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel hopes Jimmy Rollins (calf) can return Sunday, although Amaro expressed caution earlier in the week over bringing the injured shortstop back too soon. ... Speaking of injured players, J.A. Happ makes a rehab start tonight in Reading. The left-hander's recovery has come along slowly and there is no timetable for his return. ... And speaking of Reading, the R-Phils saw a significant pitching shuffle earlier in the day, with right-handed reliever Mike Stutes earning a promotion to Triple-A, J.C. Ramirez, part of the Cliff Lee trade, getting the call from Clearwater to Reading, and non-prospect Mike Cisco, who missed time with elbow inflammation, getting sent to Clearwater. All this comes on the heels of Scott Mathieson's promotion to the Show.
Lineups are posted: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS. Howard has been a hot hitter at home of late, hitting .369 over his last 16. The Phillies are a lifetime 3-3 against the Twins in interleague play. This is their first meeting since the 2004 season.