Chase Utley said the intense stretching and massage program has yielded some positive results to his ailing knee, but he and the club continue to move cautiously and progress appears to be minimal.
Ruben Amaro Jr. said the club would not be putting Utley on the 60-day disabled list, although Utley has set a tentative goal to be back by the All-Star break. He flew back to Philadelphia with the rest of the team yesterday. In other health-related news, Brad Lidge is scheduled for an MRI today.
Transactions: A source for Jay Floyd of Phillies Nation and Phoul Ballz confirmed that the Phils have released 10 minor leaguers: Justin Beal, Bradley Blanks, Matt McConnell, Adam Buschini, Drew Rundle, Heitor Correa, Matt Hutchison, Marco Davaillo, Mike Bolsenbroek and Eric Massingham. Correa was once a good-looking young right-hander and rated among the Phillies best pitching prospects, but in 2008, he was busted for performance enhancers and it's been downhill since. In 2010, he was 8-14 with a 6.62 ERA and 85/60 K/BB for Clearwater. He had been working out with the Double-A team.