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Phillies | Chase Utley calls mid-June return realistic

Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) swung a bat on Sunday, June 9, for the first time in nearly three weeks. He progressed to soft toss in the indoor cage with assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner on Wednesday, June 12, at Target Field. He doesn't have a target date for a return or a rehab assignment, but he's encouraged by the fact that he hasn't had any soreness since he started swinging. He hopes to participate in live batting practice this weekend in Denver. Utley said of an estimated mid-June return, "I think it's still realistic."

Fantasy Tip: Utley should check the calendar. Assuming that he has no setbacks, perhaps he'll begin a rehab assignment beginning next week, putting him on track to be back by the following weekend. Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen will continue to split time in his place.

2013-06-12 15:24:54 | Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Ryan Lawrence

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