Utley is placed on disabled list
Slumping second baseman Chase Utley was put on the 15- day disabled list by the Philadelphia Phillies with inf lammation in his right ankle.
Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan said Utley’s ankle has been bothering him since January and the sixtime All- Star was to receive a cortisone shot Wednesday.
Utley’s .179 batting average is last among the 164 qualifying major leaguers, and he has four home runs and 25 runs batted in. Etc.
New York Mets pitcher Derrick Bernard and free agent Christopher R. Perez have been suspended 50 games each for violating baseball’s minor league drug program. The commissioner’s office says both right- handers had a second positive test for a drug of abuse. ... Infielder Brendan Ryan was put on the 15- day disabled list by the New York Yankees because of a strained upper back.