I hadn't noticed this nugget from Jim Salisbury until this afternoon.
From Salisbury's Sunday's piece: "Returning as a second baseman is still (Chase) Utley’s plan. However, his recent workouts in left field have left some to wonder if playing there would reduce pressure on his knees. Darren Daulton moved from catcher to right field after his knees were shot. Would left field be a possibility for Utley down the road?"
Beerleaguer: Interesting possibility when you also consider how much the Phillies value Freddy Galvis' glove at second base; a few nights ago, broadcaster Tom McCarthy even raised the possibility that Galvis has already become the game's premier defensive second baseman, and there's a strong case to be made there. Secondly, left field is largely an open position for the Phils without a definitive long-term solution. The enigma known as Domonic Brown is being tested in center field. Utley, who is signed through 2013, may not have the knees for another full season to endure the rigors of second base. It's the stop-and-go ranging at the position that seems to be Utley's biggest hurdle.
Utley has reportedly increased his workouts at second base, taking between 25 and 30 ground balls daily, but is still not ready for a minor league assignment, Salisbury reports.