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Chase Utley | Second Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: UCLA
Contract: view contract details

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Recent News's Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels are "monitoring" the rehab of Chase Utley (ankle).
Gonzalez adds that the Halos would "only consider him at minimal cost," and, "in all likelihood, (Johnny) Giavotella will continue to start at second base and hit in the leadoff spot." Utley has resisted waiving his no-trade rights in the past, so there's a good chance he'd stay put even if the Halos did decide to pursue him. The veteran second baseman is slated to begin a rehab assignment soon. He's hitting just .179/.257/.275 this season. Jul 24 - 11:27 AM

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Chase Utley (ankle) took soft-toss and fielded grounders prior to Wednesday's game.

Utley has been ramping up his activities since the All-Star break and says his right ankle feels "a little bit better." The second baseman could begin a rehab assignment as soon as next week. "I do feel a little bit better," he said. "I have a little bit more motion in my ankle that I was lacking before. But it's still going to take a little bit of time to have the muscle memory remember the right way to do it."
Jul 22 - 2:55 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Monday that Chase Utley (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment in the "next week or so."

He shouldn't need too many rehab games, so a return in early August seems likely. Cesar Hernandez has started to cool off a bit, so Utley could wind up winning his second base job back. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that Utley figured out a flaw in his swing that was caused by his nagging ankle injury.
Jul 20 - 4:27 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Chase Utley (ankle) is "feeling better" and "has figured out a flaw in his swing that was caused by (his) ankle injury."

It's encouraging, but whether it translates to more on-field success remains to be seen. Utley was batting just .179/.257/.275 before going on the disabled list and the Phillies have indicated that Cesar Hernandez will continue to start at second base even after Utley returns. It's unclear when Utley will be back, but it does appear he's making progress.
Jul 15 - 2:00 PM

Chase Utley (ankle) began doing fielding drills on Friday.

Utley split his time between first base and second base. With Cesar Hernandez now entrenched as the team's starting second baseman, the Phillies may have to find creative ways to get Utley in the lineup upon his return from the disabled list.
Jul 10 - 9:10 PM

Phillies placed 2B Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list with right ankle inflammation.

Utley also had some ankle problems this spring, though it's not clear if this latest issue is related. Cesar Hernandez started at second base on Tuesday night and figures to get the large majority of the playing time there over the next couple of weeks. This disabled list stint decreases the likelihood that Utley's $15 million option for 2016 will vest. He needs 500 plate appearances and is currently at 249.
Jun 24 - 1:03 AM

Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' starting lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.

It's his third time out of the lineup in the last five games. Utley, 36, is batting just .179 with a .532 OPS this season. Cesar Hernandez will start at second base.
Jun 23 - 3:32 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Monday that Chase Utley's vesting option for 2016 will not factor into his decision-making with the team's lineup.

Sandberg also confirmed a recent comment from Phillies president Pat Gillick that he hasn't been issued any directives from the front office regarding playing time for Utley, who is batting just .179 with a .532 OPS. "It's a challenge. It's a daily challenge," said Sandberg, who wants to give Cesar Hernandez playing time. "For Chase to play well and to show what he can do and to play well is important. And to see Cesar play and get experience, that's important. So there's two sides of it that are important going forward here, and that's the challenge." Utley's contract includes a $15 million option for 2016 that will automatically vest if he reaches 500 plate appearances this season. He's currently at 249 plate appearances with 90 games remaining.
Jun 23 - 9:04 AM

Phillies president Pat Gillick said Sunday that he hasn't given manager Ryne Sandberg any sort of directive on how to handle Chase Utley's playing time.

Utley carries a $15 million option for 2016 that will automatically vest if he reaches 500 plate appearances this season. He's at 244 plate appearances now, with 91 games left to go. Philly would probably prefer to part ways with the 36-year-old second baseman given that he's batted just .182/.258/.280, but that option will be within reach if he continues to start regularly. "That’s up to the manager," Gillick said about Utley’s playing time. "We don't have anything to say about that. [GM Ruben Amaro Jr.] to my knowledge and myself, we've never dictated to any of the managers their lineup."
Source: MLBlogs
Jun 22 - 9:32 AM

Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

He's been on the bench for two of the three games in the weekend series versus the Cardinals. Cesar Hernandez is at second base Sunday as Utley battles an extended slump.
Jun 21 - 11:59 AM

Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday.

It appears to just be a day of rest. Cesar Hernandez is at second base in Utley's place.
Jun 19 - 2:33 PM

Chase Utley will start at first base Tuesday against the Orioles.

Utley has made 23 starts at first base in his career, but this will be his first since 2008. Ryan Howard will serve as DH on Tuesday while Cesar Hernandez will play second and bat leadoff.
Jun 16 - 3:07 PM

Chase Utley is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

While he has picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks, he will take a seat against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. Cesar Hernandez will start at second base and hit second on Saturday.
Jun 6 - 11:59 AM

Chase Utley homered, one of his three hits over four at-bats Tuesday as the Phillies topped the Reds.

Utley took Johnny Cueto yard in the sixth inning, reducing the Phillies' deficit to 4-2 at the time. The 36-year-old's slow start made plenty of headlines, but he has picked things up at the plate over the last few weeks and is now batting .207/.281/.329 with four home runs and 22 RBI. Despite the hot streak, Utley has shown durability issues in the past and his production wanes as the season progresses, so fantasy owners still need to keep a watchful eye on him.
Jun 2 - 10:36 PM

Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the Phillies' loss to the Mets on Monday afternoon.

Utley hit a two-run single in the top of the third inning and then singled again in the fifth. The veteran second baseman has shown signs of life over the last few weeks, though he's still batting just .183/.261/.303 overall. He does have 21 RBI in 42 games.
May 25 - 4:22 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Chase Utley
3Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Harang
2Jerome Williams
3Aaron Nola
4Matt Harrison
5Adam Morgan
6David Buchanan
7Cliff Lee
8Jonathan Pettibone
9Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Justin De Fratus
3Luis Garcia
4Jeanmar Gomez
5Mario Hollands
6Elvis Araujo
7Hector Neris
8Dalier Hinojosa